Flights under threat as aviation workers begin protest

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AVIATION workers under the banners of the National Union of Air Transport Employees; Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria; Association of Nigerian Association Professionals; Amalgamated Unions of Public Corporations; Civil Service Technical & Recreational Services Employees, and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, have declared nationwide protest to hold today.

In a joint statement issued by the unions, yesterday, and signed by the general secretaries of the unions, the members were directed to “embark on peaceful rallies/public demonstrations at all airports in Nigeria to demand the expunging of obnoxious Essential Services clauses from the Bills/Acts of the aviation agencies.”

They listed the agencies to include the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology and the Accident Investigation Bureau.

The statement was signed by Ochema Aba (NUATE), Francis Akinjole (ATSSSAN), Abdul Razaq Saidu (ANAP), Sikiru Waheed (AUPCTRE), and Umoh Ofonime (NAAPE).

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