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Air controllers observe six-hour warning strike


Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. Source: Wikipedia

Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria. Source: Wikipedia

The air traffic controllers yesterday embarked on a six- hour warning strike to draw the attention of the management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to the bad state of air navigation equipment as well as failure to address welfare issues since last year.

According to the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the warning strike is a prelude to total industrial action scheduled to begin on Monday April 20, 2015.

An official of NAMA said the management has commenced discussions with members of the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA) on how to resolve the issues affecting their welfare and working equipment.

Last year, at its annual general meeting in Kano, members of NATCA, in a statement, complained of epileptic air navigation equipment at airports nationwide, just as they complained about what they described as intolerable working conditions .

In a statement yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, the association said : ”It is against the background of no action plan and political will to implement the agreements earlier reached with our association and others that this corresponding action by air traffic controllers in Nigeria is necessary.

“Today’s actions will last six hours only as a warning sign but in preparation for a major and total industrial action which shall commence on Monday April 20, 2015, if relevant government bodies continue to treat air traffic controllers issues with utmost levity or neglect. Tempers are high, but industrial peace and harmony must be the concern of everybody.”

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