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MMA2 Regional Flight Approval: Union Gives FAAN 48hrs To Reversal Decision


The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) has given the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) 48hrs ultimatum to reverse the approval given to Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2(MMA2) to commence regional flights.

Recalled that one of the domestic airlines; Dana Air is due to commence regional operations at the terminal in December despite the space constraint and other issues surrounding the terminal.
The ultimatum is contained in a letter dated November 26, 2015 signed by Rotimi Kehinde on behalf of the General Secretary and addressed to the Managing Director of FAAN, Engr Dunoma Saleh.
Part of the letter reads, “We hereby place before you and your management the under listed demands to be meet within 48 hours or face withdrawal of service in all FAAN formations.”
The union ATSSSAN in its letter had among other things demanded for the immediate reversal of the approval granted Bi – Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL),the manager of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2(MMA2) to commence regional flights when it is crystal clear that BASL does not pay for services rendered by FAAN.
The union also demanded for the reversal of the decision to reduce duty tour allowances for its members, as the issue has to do with condition of service and cannot be tampered with without the consent of the unions.
Other demands by ATSSSAN include: the immediate release of outstanding staff promotion and address issues of stagnation due to the lack of vacancy and payment of outstanding arrears of 27 per cent balance
The union further urged FAAN management to ensure the payment of outstanding staff claims such as transfer allowance, hajj operation allowance, 28 days in lieu of hotel accommodation and medical claims
The union also called on the management to clarify the status of PENCOM in FAAN vis-à-vis Actual Valuation of staff, agreed N250 million monthly remittance, update on the current PENCOM audit report and to ensure immediate payment of gratuities.
It also charged FAAN ensure proper placement of recruited staff in accordance with Civil Service Rule and Scheme of Service and ensure release of negotiated 2014 staff Conditions of Service (COS) on or before the end of 2015.
While calling for the commencement of the payment of Furniture Grant in January, 2016, ATSSSAN also called for the immediate recovery of all outstanding debts and review of all unfavourable concession agreements entered into by the agency.
“In view of the above, we hereby put the management of FAAN on notice of 2 days (48 hours) withdrawal of service from the date of receipt of this letter, to commence the processes of resolving all the issues listed or face industrial unrest.” ATSSSAN warned
Reacting ,the General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Yakubu Dati, said that FAAN was aware of the issues a stake and the management would address the issues as they are.
According to him, “Management is aware of these issues and is initiating processes to handle them as they are. Whatever issues the unions have expressed we will deal with as a family, their grievances will be looked into and as I said we have already started a process to get to an amicable solution that will not lead to any unrest.”
He continued, “We appeal for calm and urge the union to partner us as we all want one and the same thing, the growth of this industry.”