Workers under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), have threatened to withdraw their services at Kaduna airport should the Federal Government fail to prioritise their welfare.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja, NUATE’s General Secretary, Olayinka Abioye, revealed that the government had not said anything about the staff of workers that would be deployed.
Mr. Abioye said that NUATE members in various aviation parastatals under the Ministry of Transportation, who had been engaged in ad hoc assignments in the past, had not been fairly treated in term of welfare.
He added that the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), currently owed their members millions of naira in allowances.
He said: “Now, in 2016, we were being told that the Abuja airport will be closed for six weeks by March 8.
“The government, through the parastatals, have not said anything about the staff welfare, in all the discussions that have been going on.
“We have been talking about this and our position as a labour movement is that the government must come out to tell us specifically what it has in stock for the workers.
“We believe in the growth of the industry, we believe in this operation and have also aligned ourselves that truly Abuja airport is due for comprehensive rehabilitation.
“As I speak with you, in NAMA, FAAN and NCAA, there are millions of naira that are being owed these esteemed members of staff in these organisations.
“If at the end of February nothing concrete is shown to the workers that they are going to get paid before they embark on that journey, we will ask our people to withdraw their services.’’