Arik workers plight: NUATE threatens showdown with AMCON over NG Eagle Airline

The National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE has threatened a showdown with the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, over the planned floating of a new airline called NG Eagle when the fate of Arik Air workers has not been resolved. NUATE in a statement signed by Ocheme Aba, its general secretary noted that there are ominous signs that what should ordinarily be a lofty project will likely run into a heavy storm being created by a thoroughly fouled and complicated industrial atmosphere at Arik Air. Ocheme said: “We…

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Glowing tributes from trade unions as remains of ex NUATE scribe, Comrade Motajo set for burial Thursday

The remains of the former General Secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Comrade Abdul Kareem Adebayo Motajo, will arrive Nigeria this week and be committed to mother earth on Thursday, 11 February 2021. Comrade Motajo died April 20, 2020 in Cuba but the global lockdown led to the delay in the shipment of his remains back to his motherland. This was announced by his son, Adebowale Motajo in a press statement. Comrade Motajo born 11th February 1955, worked as a full-time secretary of the National Union…

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Coronavirus and labour issues in aviation – A call for dialogue

By Comrade Ben K. Nnabue The break out and wild spread of corona virus has taken a heavy toll on aviation globally. From high exposure of airline and airport personnel, through the near total collapse of international travel, to the closure of some airports, it is very obvious that aviation has taken the hardest hit from this pandemic. The colossal losses arising from this state of affairs has created a very serious labour challenge. As the airlines, especially the international carriers, and the companies dependent on them count their losses,…

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Alleged embezzlement of funds: NUATE suspends chairman

The national body of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has suspended its Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) branch chairman over purported diversion of funds. The body in a letter dated March 9, 2020 with the reference number: NUATE.GS/ESICHIR.LOSFAAN/ENP/001-20 with the head ‘Letter of Suspension’ and signed by its Head of Admin, Mrs. Philip Nkiru ordered Comrade Eritex Shola Idowu, NUATE’s FAAN branch chairman to handover all union materials to Comrade Emmanuel Onyeukwu. According to the letter, which was made available to media, Idowu admitted receiving some…

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Stakeholders support FAAN on PSC review

The proposed increment for the Passengers Service Charge (PSC) by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has received endorsement from three aviation unions in the country.  FAAN has proposed an upward review of the current PSC which was last done eight years ago. The new PSC regime is expected to take effect from January 2019. The general secretary of National Union of Pensioners (NUP) FAAN Branch, Comrade Emeka Njoku told journalists in his office in Lagos that the review was over due in view of the the various projects being…

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