Two aviation unions and affiliates of the United Labour Congress (ULC); the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) have vowed to shut down the nation’s airspace on Monday if their demands are not met.
They notified the Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in a joint press statement on the strike action called by the ULC, the splinter labour group.
According to them, they would embark on the strike from 6am on Monday.
In the letter addressed to the Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtah Usman, the unions decried nonpayment of salaries to some government workers at all levels, as well as pensions and various allowances.
“As a result of the strike action, no flight will operate through Nigeria. We therefore advise all airport users to take note and make alternative travel arrangements. Foreign airlines are equally advised to avoid flying into Nigeria until the matter is resolved to avoid unpleasant consequences”, the unions said.
The letter added: “We truly regret the difficulties this action will cause airport users, but this circumstance is foisted by the federal Government and the remedy lies solely in their hands”.