Why Activities Are Still Ongoing At Abuja Airport Despite NLC Strike

Despite the proposed shutdown of activities by organised labour unions, activities are still ongoing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Both the arrival and departure sections of the airports are carring out their activities without any friction of some sort, as all major airlines were booking and boarding passengers with airport staff fully on ground for normal services. Station Manager for Max Air, Mr Abdulahi Saroke, told newsmen that the strike didn’t affect flight operations in all airports, adding that he had received flights from Lagos and Kano and boarded passengers to those airports. He however noted that the airport may be shut down anytime soon to join the strike. When contacted, Mr Francis Akinjole, General Secretary, Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN), said that all aviation unions in the country were currently attending their national delegates conference at Asaba, Delta. Akinjole explained that the delegates conference, at which a new leadership of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), would be elected, had been planned before the decision by the labour unions to embark on a nationwide strike. He explained that the airport hadn’t commenced strike yet because all aviation union leaders are out of their stations. According to him, aviation unions are strongly with the NLC on the strike even though we are not on ground to enforce it today. “We are currently in Asaba for NUATE’s national delegates conference for today and tomorrow and we shall enforce the compliance in aviation sector as soon as we finish from here,” he said. An Abuja airport staff, who chose to remain anonymous said that they have not been mobilized to strike by their various unions. He said a lot of airport workers were willing to support the strike to press home the demands for a new minimum wage in the country.

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