Unions threaten action against NAMA over pay cut


Posted by Sade Williams


Aviation Unions comprising:  National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), have threatened action against the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), if the Agency refuses to pay full salary to its staff for the month of June, 2020.


The unions in a joint letter dated June 23, 2020 and titled: Incomplete staff salary, a recipe for avoidable crisis, and also addressed to the Managing Director of NAMA, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, said they have the information that the management has planned to cut their June salary adding that such is an embarrassment to the aviation industry.


They however, advised against it saying the consequences may be unbearable to the sector.


“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 a 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.” , they said.


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