The Ministry of Labour and Employment has directed the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA to stop deduction of check-off dues for a planned umbrella association of all aviation workers, the Nigerian Aviation Professionals Association (NAPA).
The decision was a resolution reached at a meeting of the labour ministry and aviation unions, namely, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and NAAPE.
In a memorandum of understanding reached after the meeting, the ministry also directed NAMA to remit such check-off dues already deducted in the last three months back to the aviation workers pending the registration of NAPA and due process in opting out from any trade union were observed by relevant staff.
The three months check off dues was set aside by the management of NAMA for as check off dues for NAPA.
The conciliation meeting was called based on the trade dispute declared by ATSSSAN and NUATE against the management of NAMA over an alleged recognition of an unregistered organisation NAPA by ministry of Labour and employment.
On the registration of NAPA, the meeting noted that approval for registration has been conveyed to NAPA promoters and the intention to register as trade union had been gazetted adding that there were objections to the registration of NAPA by existing trade unions operating in the aviation sector, NAAPE, NUATE and ATSSSAN.
The parties were advised to ensure industrial peace and harmony in the sector while the meeting had been slated to hold February 2016 to deliberate on more issues.
Those who signed the MoU include Benjamin Okewu of ATSSSAN, Dr Saleh Ibrahim of NAMA, Olayinka Abioye of NUATE, Abah Ocheme of NAAPE, Abdulrasaq Saidu for NAPA, Alhaji Abubakar Tsafe of Ministry of Aviation and Mrs CC Dike of ministry of Labour and employment.
Source : Leadership