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Aviation unions threaten showdown over promotion

Aviation unions on Wednesday decried what they called, ‘obsolete organogram’ in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).     They vowed to shut down the…

Aviation unions on Wednesday decried what they called, ‘obsolete organogram’ in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).



They vowed to shut down the sector soon if the present structure which they said had stagnated members of staff was not addressed.




The unions – Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and Nigerian Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) – made their position known during the celebration of Workers’ Day at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.




They also vowed to resist attempt by some airlines to refuse unionism in their companies.




President of ATSSSAN, Barr. Illitrus Ahmadu noted that some staff of NCAA went through promotion exercise in the agency since 2017, but up till today, none of them had been properly placed due to the ‘obsolete’ organogram in the agency.



According to him, NCAA was still operating with the 2001 organogram, which it commenced with when it had 300 staff in its employ.



He added that 47 positions of Assistant General Managers (AGMs) had been extinguished, while directorates and departments had been merged.



Ahmadu explained that a ministerial committee was set up by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika to address the issue only for the entire agreement to be upturned by “some people in government.”



He said: “As it is, there is lacuna in the organogram of NCAA. The management brought forward an obsolete organogram. Between 2001 till date, the organogram has not been reviewed. At inception, NCAA had only 300 staff, but today, it has grown to 1,200 staff, yet, the organogram has remained unchanged.



“Many people did exams and passed, but till date, they have not been placed. This is unacceptable to us. If the situation continues, very soon, we will shut down NCAA and that we will do very well.”



Also, President of NUATE, Comrade Ben Nnabue, stressed that unionisation in the nation’s airlines is not negotiable. He also vowed to resist “enslavement” of his members by some aviation companies especially in the catering arm.




NUATE President described the condition of service in aviation as “pathetic, alleging that most of the agencies in the sector had their Conditions of Service “wickedly ensnared by the Salaries Commission and Office of the Head of Service.”

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