President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the payment of the harmonised rating allowances to Air Traffic Controllers in order to avert an industrial action scheduled to begin today (Monday).
- The airmen, under the aegis of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, had on Thursday embarked on a six-hour warning strike, which halted domestic flight activities across the nation’s airports.
- Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at various airports across the country for the period that the strike lasted.
- It, however, announced in a statement on Sunday that it had suspended the planned strike scheduled to commence today based on an approval from the President for the allowances to be paid.
- The statement, which was signed by the Deputy President and General Secretary, NATCA, Haruna Bassi and Banji Olawode, respectively, stated that all services rendered by the air traffic controllers would not be halted as earlier planned.
- It stated, “NATCA embarked on a temporary withdrawal of service for six hours on Thursday, April 16, 2016 to press home its demand and issued a follow up statement to embark on a full-fledged withdrawal of services beginning from 00.00 hours of Monday, April 20, 2015.
- Source Punch