Minimum Wage: Aviation workers to withdraw services as strike begins Tuesday


By Abigail Adetoyinbo

All the aviation unions in the country say they are not going back with the planned strike scheduled for Tuesday, 6th November as they are set to ground the nation’s aviation sector.

As a result of this, they have directed all aviation workers to withdraw all services and join other Nigerians and stakeholders to proceed on the nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) the United Labour Congress (ULC) on the 6 November, 2018.

In a statement signed by various aviation union secretaries, they urged all businesses and agencies involved in aviation to be aware of the situation and adjust within the period of the strike.

In a related development, the National President of NUATE, comrade Ben Nnabue said the strike was in compliance with the NLC and other partners in the organized labour to embark on a nationwide strike “due to the inability of the Federal Government to agree on the new National Minimum Wage.”

According to him, “all flights operating in/out of Nigeria Airports shall be affected by this industrial action. We appeal to your good sense and understanding in this regard.”

NUATE President stressed that “ injustice anywhere was a threat to justice everywhere.”

All heads of aviation agencies are said to have been intimated through letters of the Union’s intention to embark on the impending strike and withdrawal of services of its members from all airports in the country.

Last week, the Federal Government had gone to court to stop the organized labour from embarking on the proposal which was granted by the court, however, the NLC and its partners had said no court can stop them from embarking on the nationwide shutdown as government was being adamant in fulfilling the earlier agreement of N30,000 as the New Minimum Wage.


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