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Aviation unions have given the management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency(NAMA) June 29 ,2020 to pay its workers complete salaries and other entitlements due to them or face industrial action.
The is just as they stated that they would not accept a situation where their members are paid incomplete salaries under any guise.
The unions’ disapproval of incomplete salary payment is contained in a letter addressed to the Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu , titled, “Incomplete Staff Salary : A Recipe for Avoidable Crisis” and signed by the four unions in the aviation industry.
The letter was signed by the General Secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees(NUATE), Comrade Ocheme Aba, Depury General Secretary of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(ATSSSAN),Comrade France Akinjole, the General Secretary, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals(ANAP), Comrade Abdulrazaq Seidu and the Ag. General Secretary, amalgamated union of public corporations, civil service technical and recreational services employees(AUPCTRE), Comrade, Musa Ukpo.
“We have again been reliably informed that NAMA management is contemplating a payment of incomplete salaries to staff of the agency for the month of June this year. If this is true, it is our unions’ opinion that the intended action would amount to gross embarrassment to our aviation industry, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the entire people of this great country. Our unions therefore strongly advise against the attempt because, the consequences may be more damaging than what might have been envisaged.
“Going forward, we are compelled to suggest that management be properly guided on how to address issues that concern salaries of our members in the agency. While we sincerely concede to the effectiveness of management continuous rapport with our in-house branches executives in NAMA for effective management of workers’ welfare and sustenance of industrial harmony, the correct position is that it is wrong for management to even discuss any alteration to our members’ salaries without recourse to the national unions.
“In light of the contemplated management intention against our members’ salaries, we hereby, strongly demand that full salaries and other entitlements as due to our members be paid on or before the 29th day of June 2020. Failure of this demand to be met may attract any action we deem necessary to protect the dignity of labour of our members without further warning from our unions,” the letter reads.