Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, has advised aviation unions to stop making threats and striking over the welfare problem.
Sirika said the impact of any strike would be felt by all stakeholders in the industry during the third national delegate conference of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
The minister, who was represented by Akin Olateru, Commissioner of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), warned that the challenges posed by COVID-19 necessitated collaboration among all stakeholders to forge a viable path to a strong and healthy aviation industry that would benefit everyone, including workers.
He claims that the industry is in the midst of a recovery process that necessitates the participation of all stakeholders, and that a strike would be counterproductive and contradictory to the recovery effort.
“We are in a phase of recovery, so this is not the time for threats and a wave of strikes that will only stifle the industry’s desperately needed growth,” he said.
He went on to say that the Nigerian Air Transport market was expected to develop at a rate of 174 percent over the next 20 years, which, if realized, would have supported $4.7 billion in GDP and over 555,000 jobs.
President of ATSSSAN, Ilitrius Ahmadu, while speaking on a wide range of issues, said while workers had remained vehement in their opposition to concession, it is high time they subject the issue to a critical debate.