Resident doctors and university lecturers have only recently called off strike actions they embarked upon to force the federal government to attend to their demands. It appears the next round of labor strike actions will affect the aviation sector and the country’s polytechnics following notices issued by unions this week.
Strike 1: Workers in Nigeria’s aviation sector have given the federal government 15 days to rescind its decision on the proposed concession of the four major airports in the country or face industrial action.
The workers, under the aegis of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) addressed a joint press conference at the Lagos Airport on Tuesday to reiterate their opposition to the concession.
The Federal government recently announced plans to concession the following four airports for increased efficiency:
- Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos;
- Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja;
- Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and
- Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers.
The workers’ argument:
- What would happen to the remaining airports in the country as there were no concrete plans to ensure their survival if the four viable ones are concessioned?
- What would happen to the thousands of workers in the industry whose futures are not yet addressed under the concession arrangements?
- What is left to concession considering that revenue collection points of FAAN such as toll gates, car parks, bill boards, fuel surcharges, shops and VIP lounges were already under concession arrangements?
Strike 2: Polytechnic lecturers have given the FG 21 days to address their grievances or else they would withdraw their services and commence a comprehensive and indefinite strike action.
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) wrote a letter dated October 9, 2017 addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, protesting the lack of progress from the FG in resolving issues bordering on the welfare of its members and smooth functioning of the sector.