Passengers stranded as aviation workers Begin 2-day Strike 

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Aviation unions have begun a two-day warning strike to protest their employees’ unfavorable working conditions and entitlements.

The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) are the unions engaged.

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services Employees and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) are two others.

The five unions claimed in a memo signed on Friday that an indefinite strike would begin if the government did not address the approval and execution of the Condition of Service (CoS), the new compensation structure for workers, and the planned demolition of the aviation agencies’ headquarters.

On Monday, however, all traffic movements were halted as aviation unions blocked all exits to Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed Airport.

In addition, several passengers who arrived at the airport to catch planes to various destinations were spotted hiking due to the blockade, while the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) head office was sealed.

The unions recruited their members as early as 4 a.m., and they took over the strategic entrances to the airport from the Ikeja axis, the Mafoluku/Beesam axis, and the Oshodi/Isolo axis to the tollgate from the international airport.

Meanwhile, the FAAN chapter at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) has advised travelers and stakeholders to prepare contingency arrangements in order to avoid missing appointments.

In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, the agency’s management expressed regret for any difficulty that passengers may experience.

The agency stated that the NAIA administration would reopen the airport as usual, but cautioned travelers that “disruptions in flight operations as a result of the planned strike action” could occur.

“The management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, wishes to inform the general public of the aviation union’s planned two-day warning strike scheduled to begin Monday, April 17, 2023,” according to the message.

“Intending passengers and stakeholders are kindly advised and noted to make contingency plans in order to avoid missing flights and appointments.” Any difficulty experienced is highly regretted.”

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