Aviation unions Back NLC, TUC For Nationwide Strike

By Sunday Akintoye

Unions in the Aviation industry in unison have declared support for the planned nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC over fuel and electricity hikes.

To this end, the Aviation Unions have directed all staff  both public and private companies, agencies in the industry to down tools in support of the strike.

In a statement, jointly signed on Friday, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots Association (NAAPE), Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) say the nation’s airspace will be closed in compliance with the national directive.

The statement read,” Our unions are in full support of the strike as such all workers in the aviation sector are hereby directed to withdraw their services at all aerodromes nationwide as from 00hrs of 28th September 2020 until otherwise communicated by the NLC/TUC.”

They urge the workers to stand up and be counted in the struggle against oppression, exploitation, slavery and insensitive government policy, to the plight of the workers who created the wealth for the country while those elected to guarantee their wellbeing are now denying workers basic things of survival.

The unions also put on notice the general public and particularly airport users, aviation companies and all government agencies of their decision to join in the industrial action.

Sunday Akintoye

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