Nigerian aviation workers' strike to start Monday as unions deny pact

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Aviation unions in Nigerian on Sunday denied that an agreement has been reached to prevent Monday's scheduled start of a strike to push their demand for higher wages.

The three unions of workers of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) insisted there is no going back on their plan to shut down the country's airspace.

In a a joint statement, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineer (NAAPE) urged the public to discountenance the earlier statement by NAMA Spokesman Supo Atobatele.

Mr. Atobatele had said the unions and the NAMA management had  reached an agreement to put off the strike.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that the ultimatum issued against NAMA shall expire 0000 hrs May  19, 2013. And  appropriate actions shall commence thereafter.

`''In view of the reactionary, timid, (and) misleading press statement of NAMA management through Supo Atobatele, who in the first instance is not the author of the ultimatum, we wish to reassure all our members that (there will be) no retreat, no surrender, and until all grievances  are sorted out, there is no going back on our cause of action,” the unions said.
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19 may 2013 15:41:59

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