BREAKING: Nigeria’s Airports to shutdown as Aviation Union joins NLC strike

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Aviation unions in Nigeria have announced their decision to join the nationwide indefinite strike organized by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), starting tomorrow.

Initially, the aviation unions had indicated that they were awaiting a directive from the TUC. However, after an emergency meeting held on Sunday, the unions have now instructed their members to cease services across all Nigerian airports.

The withdrawal of services is set to begin at midnight on Monday, June 3, 2024. This development was confirmed by a joint statement from the unions, which include the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

The statement, signed by Comrade Ocheme Aba (General Secretary NUATE), Comrade Frances Akinjole (Deputy General Secretary ATSSSAN), Comrade Abdul Rasaq Saidu (Secretary General ANAP), and Comrade Olayinka Abioye (General Secretary NAAPE), directed all branches to comply with the strike.

“In compliance with the directive from the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria—we hereby inform the general public, aviation service providers, airline operators, aviation businesses, and all aviation workers nationwide that starting from 0000hrs of June 3, 2024, all services at all Nigerian airports shall be fully withdrawn till further notice,” the statement read.

The unions also acknowledged that many international flights to Nigeria are already airborne. Consequently, the strike action will commence at international terminals on June 4, 2024.

“All aviation workers should recognize the seriousness of this struggle and comply unfailingly. All Branch officers of our unions shall ensure full compliance at all airports,” the statement added.

This move is expected to significantly impact flight operations across the country, affecting both domestic and international travelers.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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