Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, has given the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, 48hours ultimatum to address workers demands or face industrial unrest.
The union, in a letter dated 26th November 2015, signed by Rotimi Kehinde on behalf of the general secretary and addressed to the managing director of FAAN, reads:”We hereby place before you and your management the under listed demands to be meet within 48 hours or face withdrawal of service in all FAAN formations.”
ATSSSAN is seeking among other things, the immediate reversal of the approval granted Bi Courtney (MM2) to commence regional flights when we all know that Bi Courtney is not paying for services rendered by FAAN.
Immediate reversal of the decision to reduce duty tour allowances for our members as this is a condition of service issue and cannot be tampered with without the consent of the unions.
Other demands by ATSSSAN include, immediate release of outstanding staff promotion and address issues of stagnation due to the lack of vacancy and payment of outstanding arrears of 27percent balance.
They further urged the FAAN management to ensure the payment of outstanding staff claims such as transfer allowance, hajj operation allowance, 28 days in lieu of hotel accommodation and medical claims.
The union called on the management to clarify the status of PENCOM in FAAN vis-à-vis actuarial valuation of staff, agreed N250 million monthly remittance and update on the current PENCOM audit report and to ensure immediate payment of gratuities.
According to ATSSSAN, “Ensure proper placement of recruited staff in accordance with civil service rule and scheme of service: Ensure release of negotiated 2014 staff Conditions of Service (CoS) on or before the end of 2015.”
While calling for the commencement of the payment of furniture grant in January, 2016, ATSSSAN also called for the immediate recovery of all outstanding debts and review of all unfavourable concession agreements.
“In view of the above, we hereby put the management of FAAN on notice of 2 days (48 hours) withdrawal of service from the date of receipt of this letter, to commence the processes of resolving all the issues listed or face industrial unrest.”
In his reaction, the general manager of corporate communications of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, stated that the management was aware of these issues and was initiating processes to handle them as they are.
Dati explained that whatever the issues the unions have expressed, FAAN will deal with as a family