Airspace stays open, as aviation unions back out of ULC strike

Airspace remains open after striking aviation unions backtracked on industrial action by the United Labour Congress.

The reversal came after the unions met with management of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.

The unions are:  Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), Aeronautical Information Services Association of Nigeria (AISAN) and the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE).

The airspace managers explained that  NAAE denied membership of the ULC, while “AISAN and ANAP whose members are in NAMA have assured the agency of their decision not to join the strike.”

The agency therefore reassured Nigerians of “full compliments of air navigation service provision throughout the period of the intended strike if it takes place.”

It would be recalled that two aviation labour unions had earlier notified the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that they would ground Nigeria’s airspace if their demands are not met before Monday.

The unions in the document jointly signed by the Secretary General of NAAPE, Ocheme Aba and Secretary General of ANAP, Abdul Rasaq Saidu decried withholding of the registration of ULC as a labour federation despite fulfilling all conditions stipulated by the law.

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