Currently, aviation workers are protesting around the nation against what they call “obnoxious” laws.
The demonstration is happening simultaneously in every airport in the federation, according to Ben Nnabue, president of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).
Nnabue gave the federal government a 14-day deadline to look into their demands or face a full-fledged strike that could shut down airport operations. Nnabue revealed that they are demanding the removal of a clause in an act establishing aviation agencies that seeks to prevent trade unions from protesting.
“Sometime last year, we went to the national assembly to amend the act establishing the agencies, so that it would be more progressive. There was one obnoxious clause that talked about trade unions not going on strike.
“We were shocked that before they sent it to the president for assent, those clauses were maliciously inserted. So we have to fight for them to remove it. That’s the whole idea.
“It is a peaceful demonstration. It is after now and they didn’t hear us or didn’t look at our demands, then we get to the level of grounding the operations of airports,” he said.
“We have given government 14-days ultimatum to look at our demands, after which we now do what is called strike.”