Aviation worker unions in Nigeria, operating under the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have decided not to participate in the two-day warning strike called by the NLC in protest against the removal of fuel subsidies, citing concerns related to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audit. The unions, which include the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), clarified that their decision was not intended to sabotage the NLC’s efforts.

Comrade Abdulrazak Saidu, the General Secretary of ANAP, explained their stance, stating, “The aviation union decided not to comply fully with the directive of the National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC so that the ICAO auditors already in the country would be able to carry out their assignment without disruption.” He further emphasized that the decision was made after a thorough review of the situation within the aviation industry and its potential consequences.

Saidu expressed the union’s commitment to safeguarding Nigeria from potential sanctions by the global aviation body, saying, “Given this development, we cannot allow the disruption of the ongoing 10 days audit to cause Nigeria to be sanctioned by the international aviation body. Therefore, all normal activities regarding Aviation business should continue uninterrupted.”

In addition to ANAP, the Air Transport Staff Senior Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) also opted not to participate in the warning strike. Comrade Frances Akinjole, General Secretary of ATSSSAN, clarified that the decision was influenced by the stance of their parent body, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), which believed that negotiations with the government had not irreparably broken down.

Akinjole encouraged members to avoid actions that could lead to workplace friction, signaling a commitment to continued negotiations as a means to address their concerns.

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