FG works toward ending incessant strike in aviation sector– Perm Sec
The federal government has said that efforts are been geared toward addressing the incessant strike action by unions in the Nigeria aviation industry by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to ensure a conflict-free business environment in the sector.
It said labour laws with appropriate sanctions and policies have been put in place and are being vigorously enforced to promote social justice and industrial peace between workers and management of various parastatals.
Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh made the disclosure at a three days workshop on ‘Redefining Industrial Relations in the Aviation Industry’, organized by Safecrest Services Limited as parts of a training programme for members of the Air Traffic Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) in Badagry.
Dr. Illoh described the current industrial relations system in Nigeria as been chaotic, lawless, crisis-ridden and strike prone and said the aviation sector is one sector that has been badly hit by industrial unrest hence the need to redefine industrial relations in the sector.
He said the contribution of the aviation sector to the growth of Nigeria Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is unquantifiable and bemoaned the negative impact on productivity visited on the industry by incessant labour unrest.
According to him, the industry has in recent times been anything but peace with challenges ranging from jurisdictional scopes crises and overlapping, voluntarism fraught with different erroneous interpretations, lack of training for labour leaders and poor leadership among trade union executives among others.
Guest Speaker and Director, Department of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations in the ministry, Mrs. Comfort Dike said the workshop was organized to foster relationship between trade union leadership, management and government.
Also, Lead Partner and CEO of Safecrest Services Limited, Mr. Solomon Ohiomah said the training was put together in order to keep the leaderships of the unions abreast with current industrial relations and dispute resolution mechanism in the dynamic aviation industry.