No justification for unions’ strike, NIMET insists

The management of Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, Friday, insisted that there is no justification for the threat of going on strike by the joint union of workers- Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and the National Union of Air Transport Employees as most of the issues raised are being urgently addressed.

This was contained in a letter sent to the unions by NIMET’s Director General, Professor Sani Mashi on Thursday. According to him, resolutions were reached in March 2019 by the Ministerial Committee on the Harmonization of Salaries of Staff in Aviation Agencies which the unions were well represented, saying salary adjustment for NIMET staff was discussed and resolved at the Committee and the Ministry of Aviation has presented it for further action to the National Salaries, Wages and Income Commission. He noted that the Ministry was exclusively charged with the task of handling the matter with commission.

A statement signed by James Odaudu, Director, Public Affairs, Federal Ministry of Aviation urged the unions to remember that “On the issue of the payment of promotion arrears, it is the Office of the Account General of the Federation and not the NIMET that is responsible and that the management of the agency has been consistently pursuing the matter with the Account-General’s Office through contacts with the relevant departments.” The management further stated that on the issue of palliative “Agency’s Department of Accounts & Finance have computed and paid monetary compensation to all Staff on essential duty. As at last week, only one (1) week palliative was in arrears and this has been settled this week”.

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