Air transport workers threaten strike over welfare

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THE Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, yesterday, threatened to call out its members on strike if the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, failed to meet its demands.

The National President of ATSSSAN, Mr. Benjamin Okewu, issued the threat in a statement in Lagos a copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Okewu said the union had demanded that all pending issues on workers’ welfare before the NCAA management should be resolved before July 5.

“It was gathered that so many outstanding employees’ files on welfare matters, allowances, travel claims, have been piled up on the desk of the Director-General of NCAA, Engr. Benedict Adeyileka, and unattended to since in the last 10 to 12 months,” he said.

He expressed the union’s displeasure with the way the aviation agencies were handling the 2014 staff training. The ATSSSAN boss also demanded that the union should be furnished with the staff training proposals by all agencies in the aviation sector.

The agencies are NCAA, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Federal Airport s Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology.

Okewu argued that human capacity development in the sector could not be ignored due to the expanding investment prospects and safety challenges in the industry worldwide.

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