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Aviation union kicks against Govt’s ban on foreign trainings


Air portAir Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) has condemned the ban on foreign trainings by the Head of Service of the Federation, (HSF), describing it as injurious to a healthy and sound operation in the aviation sector.

A communique issued at the end of its national executive council (NEC) meeting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, ATSSSAN declared that absence of foreign training in the aviation sector will spell doom for the industry as the sector was highly technical, dynamic and ever changing one with basic requirements for training and retraining to meet global standards and called for waiver for aviation industry.

The communiqué jointly signed by the president and deputy general secretary respectively, Comrade Benjamin Okewu and Captain Taiongu, they expressed worry that concessioniare companies in the industry have become slave drivers in the country, extorting the nation and exploiting workers with various obnoxious anti-labour practices and warned that ATSSSAN was prepared to lead the struggles to stop the excesses of these organisations.

The NEC also warned all agencies in the aviation sector to respect and implement all signed documents on workers welfare to the letter or face the full wrath of the union.

It also cautioned the federal government and all relevant bodies on the need to quickly address the demands of the ex-staff of liquidated national carrier, Nigeria Airways for the payment of their remaining terminal benefits and 5% terminal benefits of the employees for SAHCOL from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

ATSSSAN said it would move against any attempt by government to make workers the “weeping boy” of current economic crisis especially when there are viable options to mitigate the effects of oil slump.

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