A coalition of aviation employees’ unions will, in the present day, maintain rallies at airports nationwide to protest anti-labour clauses in new aviation payments at present awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The unions additionally threatened to proceed with industrial motion within the subsequent 14 days, if their requests for withdrawal of the payments aren’t granted.
The coalition is made up of the Nationwide Union of Air Transport Staff (NUATE), Air Transport Senior Employees Affiliation of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Nationwide Affiliation of Plane Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Affiliation of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and Amalgamated Unions of Public Firms, Civil Service Technical and Leisure Companies Staff (AUPCTRE).
Particularly, the unions decried what they referred to as a refined try to restrain the powers of unions and obliterate unionism within the aviation sector.
They alleged unknown individuals within the sector inserted repressive clauses into new payments governing affairs of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and 4 different aviation businesses.
The contentious clauses state: “All companies which facilitate and preserve the sleek, orderly and secure take-off, flight and touchdown of plane, embarkation and disembarkation and evacuation of passengers and cargo respectively in all aerodromes in Nigeria are hereby designated as important companies pursuant to the provisions of Part 11(1) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered).
“The minister could, by laws, prohibit all or such class or lessons of employees, officers and different staff or individuals, whether or not company or pure, engaged within the provision of companies laid out in subsection (1) of this part from collaborating in a strike or different industrial motion.
“The provisions of the Commerce Disputes (Important Companies) Act, Cap. T9, Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 shall apply to service within the company, services managed by the company and within the implementation of this invoice. There shall be no strikes, lock-outs, pickets, blockades, service disruptions, and so on. of any type inside all services managed by the company and the place any labour dispute arises, such dispute shall be resolved by the company.”
Secretary-Basic of NUATE, Ocheme Aba, stated the implication of the clauses is that the payments grant powers to the minister of aviation to manage commerce unions and employees, in contradiction to the Commerce Unions Act, 2004, which grants the minister of labour sole regulatory powers over commerce union and industrial relations issues in Nigeria.
He stated: “It’s completely clear that the contentious clauses smuggled into the aviation businesses’ payments haven’t any ethical or authorized foundation for being there. The lame reference to Part 11(1) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Public Order and Public Safety) is poignantly pretentious.
“Its try to allow the minister of aviation to usurp the powers of the minister of labour is diabolically disingenuous. And its daring assault on the rights of commerce unions and hapless employees renders the meant legislation an illustration of an final disservice by public officers. Subsequently, the meant legal guidelines have to be prevented from respiration any air of acceptance.”
To proper the flawed, the coalition demanded that the management of the Senate and Home Committees on Aviation withdraw the payments and expunge the contentious clauses earlier than approval by Mr President.
The unions requested that individuals behind the clauses have to be uncovered and punished, including that obnoxious clauses are in battle with prevailing nationwide and worldwide legal guidelines (as ratified by Nigeria) and haven’t any place within the aviation sector.