Disaster, averted: Nigerian aviation workers cancel planned strike

by NAN

Staff of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have suspended their industrial action slated to start on Monday to press home their demand for additional welfare package.

The workers decided to suspend the planned strike after a meeting between the management and union leaders.

Supo Atobatele, the General Manager, Public Affairs of NAMA, disclosed this in a statement he issued in Lagos after the meeting which ended late on Friday.

“The meeting is however expected to continue on Monday to further deliberate on issues at stake after the parties agreed that dialogue remains the best way of resolving industrial crisis,’’ he said.

Mr. Atobatele said the meeting was attended by representatives of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, and Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees.

Abdulkareem Motajo, who led the team from NUATE, was quoted as saying during the two- hour deliberation, that the union leaders were not interested in creating problem for the management.

“The ultimatum earlier issued was to send a friendly warning that there were issues yet to be resolved,” he said.

NAMA’s Director of Human Resources, Uwem Akangson, who represented Nnamdi Udoh, the agency’s managing director, said the meeting was necessary due to communication gap between the management and unions.

“This had made it difficult to appreciate the extent of achievement on the implementation of the new salary package for the workers,’’ he said.

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