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FAAN pensioners to protest pay disparity, others

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The Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch, has threatened to embark on a nationwide protest against alleged pay disparity and non-implementation of the Condition of Service (CoS) agreement.

The protest, scheduled to begin on May 4, 2021, aims to compel FAAN management to honour the existing agreement on pensioners’ entitlements.

National Secretary of NUP FAAN, Emeka Njoku, at a rally in Lagos, said the management of FAAN refused to implement recommended CoS as agreed by the committee set up by FAAN over the disparity in pay.

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Njoku noted that the committee recommended that 18 per cent of entitlement should be paid to level one to 14 ex-workers to cushion the disparity in the system as observed during implementation.

He accused the management of FAAN of twisting the agreement and dragging the minister into a matter that was within the management of FAAN.
Njoku added that it was agreed by the aviation ministry that levels one to 14 should benefit from it since levels 15 and above were already operating it.

The NUP scribe noted that the committee ended its sitting and submitted its recommendations before the COVID-19 pandemic but FAAN has not implemented them.

Njoku said FAAN owed them in arrears since the CoS was implemented in 2019, warning that all members of NUP nationwide would as from May 4 be mobilised for protests at airports.

He noted that while FAAN pensioners were struggling for 18 per cent as the agreement reached with FAAN management, the Federal Government awarded 33 per cent to federal pensioners.

Njoku said: “If you look at the Act establishing FAAN, it gives the Managing Director (MD) all the power to manage this place; since there is no board. He has the power to manage the place, and report to the minister, not to tell the minister what he wants to do.

“We are quite worried that there is no board in FAAN. At the National Assembly, we brought it up and we said there should be aboard and the minister deliberately did not want to constitute a board in all the parastatals under his purview.”

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