Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has said it is awaiting an approval from the National Salaries, Incomes& Wages Commission, NSIWC, to enable it commence the implementation of Hazard Allowance.
It will be recalled that the agency has been locked in trade dispute with the four aviation unions over the payment of hazard allowance, amongst other demand, to its staff. Following a meeting between NAMA, Ministry of Labour and the aviation unions , the agency has agreed to pay the hazard allowance once approval comes from NSIWC.
Mr Supo Atobatele , General Manager, Pubic Affairs confirmed that NSIWC is now in receipt of the letter from NAMA through the Federal Ministry of Aviation, clarifying that NAMA is capable of paying the Hazard Allowance from its internally generated revenues. He also said NSIWC has commenced the process of approval.
The reconciliatory meeting was attended by the Minister of Labour & Productivity, Mr Emeka Wogu; the Supervising Minister of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Mr Samuel Ortom; the Chairman of the National Salary, Income & Wages Commission, Mr R. O. Egbule and representatives of the Federal Ministry of Aviation.
Also in attendance were Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, and the four trade unions with jurisdiction in its establishment, namely Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association ,ATSSSAN, National Union of Air Transport Employees ,NUATE, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical, Recreational Services Employees ,AUPCTRE, and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers.
According to Atobatele, some of the resolutions of the meeting include the following: â€œThat on the receipt of the awaited approval from the NSIWC, NAMA shall commence the payment of the Hazard Allowance immediately. NAMA shall pay one month arrears of salary increment next week and thereafter shall continue to liquidate the arrears owed to its staff based on a mode of installment payments to be agreed upon between the parties.â€ Also â€œthe parties shall meet next week to work out the above stated modalities for payment of the arrears. On the harmonization of salaries, the Supervising Minister for Aviation shall convene a stakeholdersâ€™ meeting to consider and take decision(s) on the matter.