Activities in the Nigerian aviation industry may be grounded to a halt by next Monday following the threat by the two leading unions in the country’s aviation industry to shut the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
The unions, National Union of Air Transport Employees, (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), in a letter dated October 21, 2015, accused the NCAA of not adhering to the condition of service with respect to promotion of workers and other welfare issues.
The letter jointly signed by the Secretary General NUATE and Secretary General NAAPE, Comrades Olayinka Abioye and Aba Ocheme, respectively, threatened to shut down the agency from mid-night on Sunday until further notice.
The unions insisted that the withdrawal of service by the workers became paramount in order to safeguard the integrity of the NCAA condition of service.
The unions said that the action of the Director-General, the NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, was in violation of Section 3(4) of the Condition of Service, adding that all efforts to discuss with the management had been futile.
The letter added, “By the copy of this notice, the general public is hereby informed of this development and the implications that all safety regulations activities of the NCAA will be unavailable from that time and date.
“The above notice will remain in force until otherwise directed by the secretariat of our unions.”
It would be recalled that the unions had, sometime last month, issued a 14-day ultimatum to the management of the NCAA to effect promotion of workers in-line with their terms of engagements or face its wrath.
The unions led by NUATE had accused the NCAA management of dilly-dallying with the promotion of its members, which had been due since January 2015.