The statement, which was seen by a media report that a contract is signed by AON President Abdulmunaf Yunussa and copied to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Captain Moses Nuhu the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Air Peace, Ibom Air, Max Air, Eric Air, United Nigeria Airlines and four others are on an indefinite strike on Monday, May 9, 2020, due to increase in aviation fuel costs to N700 per litre. Other airlines like Aero Contractors, Azaman Air, Overland Airways and Dana Air are also affected.
This was disclosed by the Nigerian Airline Operators (AON) through a statement which was recently issued. The statement, which was seen by a media report that a contract is signed by AON President Abdulmunaf Yunussa and copied to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Captain Moses Nuhu the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). In addition, three aviation unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) will conduct warning on a strike on Monday and Tuesday.
Other airlines like Aero Contractors, Azaman Air, Overland Airways and Dana Air are also affected.
In a statement signed by unions General Secretaries, Okme Aba, Abdulrajak Saidu and Sikiru Waheed stated that they will despite their best efforts on the issue of the conditions of service of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMeT), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) have remained with the National Wage Income and Wage Commission (NSIWC) as of above seven years of negotiations with the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC) and minimum wage consequential adjustments and the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustment remain unimplemented since 2019. The unions said that the ongoing efforts by the Federal Ministry of Aviation and NSWIC to address these issues show no positive signs of ever achieving improvement in vision and as a result but they have industrial action to house their demands and also there is no option without starting it over.
In March, airlines had already informed customers that flight delays and cancellations were expected due to a hit in aviation fuel, but their operations were severely affected as a result. According to the media report, the NNPC had already started discussions with the airline operators on how they can be given licenses to import fuel which is essential for their operations. On this the union stated that, “All workers in NAMA, NCAA, NiMeT and NCAT are hereby directed to embark on a two-day warning strike on May 9 and 10, 2022. Should the warning go unheeded, an indefinite strike shall be called soon afterwards. However, workers in all aviation organisations including FAAN and AIB are hereby directed to support and operate with the unions to assure full compliance and success of the strike.”