Aviation workers have threatened to embark on a solidarity strike with ASUU if the government fails to resolve its disagreements with the university teachers. The workers, under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), said the strike had done incalculable damage to the education of Nigerian children, especially those from poor homes.
“ This situation is worsened by the laiz-a-fez attitude the Federal Government has adopted towards resolving the imbroglio brought about, in the first place, by the government’s failure to play its part in the agreement with ASUU,”
NUATE said in a statement by its General Secretary, Ocheme Aba. The statement added: “This situation is deeply worrying, to say the least. NUATE, therefore, completely supports the position of the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to the effect that the government must immediately resolve the prolonged ASUU strike.
“It is totally unacceptable to allow the education of the children of poor workers, and other poor citizens, to be so badly truncated as to become worthless.
“As such, NUATE totally supports the public demonstrations ordered by NLC to call on the Federal Government to urgently resolve the imbroglio.
NUATE further affirms that the union stands ready to embark on industrial action in solidarity with ASUU, should the Federal Government fail to heed the call to duty over this matter.
“Accordingly, aviation workers nationwide are hereby notified to remain at alert for beginning of solidarity industrial action that may be directed by the NLC and its affiliates on the matter which may come at short notice.”