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N45bn NAL Fund: Aviation Unions To Shut Down Nigeria’s Airspace

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The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) have said that all workers in the aviation sector will commence an indefinite industrial action in 14 days should the ex-Nigeria Airways Limited (NAL) workers fail to receive their entitlements as graciously approved.

LEADERSHIP recalls that for some time now, the government is expected to pay the N45bn final severance packages to the almost 6,000 workers of the former workers of NAL which has not been done even after 10 months of approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The unions said they would not wait until the entire workers of the former national carriers died before taking steps to ensure that they were paid their benefits.

The petition, dated March 19, 2018 and made available to journalists yesterday was signed by Comrade Ocheme Aba for NAAPE, Comrade Frances Akinjole, ATSSSAN and Alayinka Abioye for NUATE and addressed to Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of State for Aviation.

The petitioners also copied the Ministers of Labour and Employment and Finance.

The unions also pointed out that they had commenced the mobilisation of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC) in a bid to gather wider support for the action.

The petitioner, however, commended Sirika for his concerted efforts to ensure that the workers were paid appropriately, but wondered why Adeosun had failed to pay the sum as approved.



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