Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos
Aviation workers from various labour unions in the country will on Sunday shut down flight operations at the Kaduna International Airport to protest against anti-labour practices by the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The industrial action which will last till next week Friday was decided by the leadership of the National Union Of Air Transport Employees, Association Of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and National Association Of Aircraft Pilots And Engineers.
In a letter jointly signed by the three unions and obtained by Punch, the workers said the strike was in agreement with the declaration by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kaduna State Chapter.
The letter dated May 14, 2021, titled, ‘Notice To All Aviation Workers – Total Shut Down Of Kaduna Airport’ was jointly signed by NUATE General Secretary, Ocheme Aba; ANAP General Secretary, Rasaq Saidu; and NAAPE General Secretary, Umoh Ofonime.
The aviation unions also informed the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Captain Hamisu Yadudu, officially of their decision.
Should the industrial action go on as planned by the unions it will bring a burden to business owners who prefer air transportation also, commercial activities in the region will be distorted because Kaduna is the only viable state that connects to other states in the north.