Lagos – The unresolved crisis between the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the trade unions over modalities for promotion examination might lead to industrial action, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Both the NCAA and the unions have failed to shift grounds on the issue.
While the unions insisted on oral interviews for promotion, the management stuck to its guns for written examination particularly for officers on Grade levels 8 and above in line with the Federal Government’s directive.
The unions are National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).
They have threatened to shut the nation’s airspace if NCAA refused to promote their members who were due for promotion.
Mr Olayinka Abioye, NUATE’s Assistant General Secretary, told NAN in Lagos on Wednesday that members were still opposed to written examination for promotions.
“Following the meeting held on Oct. 29 with the management, we went back to communicate with members.
“The meeting had in attendance officials of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Head of Service of the Federation as well as NCAA management.
“It was at the meeting that the HOS informed us officially that the government had put in place written examination for in all promotions and that the model has to be adopted by the NCAA.
“We now said to go forward because of the short time for promotion for the 2014/2015, it should be according to the original terms of service while written exam will be conducted for 2015/2016 promotion,’’ he said.
According to him, the NCAA’s management eventually made a proposal suggesting that Grade levels 1 to 7 officers will do oral interviews while levels 8 and above will write the examination.
Abioye said:“We went back to inform our members but unfortunately, majority of them are opposed to the conduct of examination for 2014/2015 promotion.
“They advised the management to promote those who are due in line with the condition of service, while the union is to negotiate the procedures for future promotion exam.
“There may be crisis in NCAA if the management fails to abide by our resolution … workers are prepared to down tools to press home their demands.’’ (NAN)