Unions representing workers in the aviation industry have distanced themselves from the actions of the striking workers of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) who grounded airports across the country on Monday.
The strike, which was called by the union of the two companies, caused widespread disruptions to travel and commerce, leaving thousands of passengers stranded and causing millions of dollars in losses to the already struggling Nigerian economy.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) condemned the actions of the striking workers and emphasized that they were not involved in the strike.
The unions stressed that they had been in talks with the management of NAMA and NAHCO to address the workers’ concerns, but that the strike was called without their knowledge or consent.
The unions also expressed their support for the government’s efforts to resolve the situation and urged the striking workers to return to their duties in order to minimize the impact on the public.
The statement also said, “The actions of these striking workers do not reflect the views or actions of the entire aviation industry and we call on the government to take swift and decisive action to bring this situation to a swift resolution.”
The strike, which began on Monday, was called by the union of the two companies over the unpaid salaries and other benefits of their members.
The union is demanding the payment of their members’ arrears, the payment of their outstanding promotions and the payment of their outstanding leave allowances.
The management of NAMA and NAHCO have promised to resolve the issue and have called on the striking workers to return to their duties, but so far, the workers have refused to do so.
The strike has caused widespread disruptions to travel and commerce, with flights being cancelled and delayed across the country.
The government has promised to resolve the situation, but it remains to be seen how long the strike will last and what impact it will have on the Nigerian economy.