Aviation Workers ignore Government Plea as Strike enters Day 2

Aviation Workers ignore Government Plea as Strike enters Day 2

... Union vows to shut down all Airports 

Kathy Kyari 

Tuesday marks the second day of the strike by aviation employees in Nigeria, with unions pledging to close all airports throughout the nation.

The Lagos Murtala Mohammed Airport's domestic and international wings were both closed off by the workers on Monday.

However, the second day of the strike will be more productive, according to Sikiru Waheed, general secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical, and Recreational Services Employees.

“Day two of the strike would be more effective than what you are seeing here now because we only used today as a warning to people that are traveling,” he told journalists on Monday.

“People who need to travel tomorrow (Tuesday) should not book a flight for tomorrow because it is going to be a total shutdown,” he added.

“It is not going to be like today. By 5:00 am we will be here to shut down everywhere.

“We are appealing to all those that want to travel that they should shelve their journey for tomorrow because it may be disrupted. It is a warning for everyone in the public.”

Waheed's admonition comes the same day as the federal government begged the workers to call off the protest. 

The Ministry of Aviation said that the strike was pointless and urged the employees to engage with management to establish Africa as a hub for the aviation industry.

The workers want the government to halt its airport concession plan, enhance working conditions, and raise salaries because they are dissatisfied with a number of concerns.

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