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Sirika promises to settle outstanding labour issues

In a bid to bring industrial harmony to the aviation industry, Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika has assured that the Ministry of Aviation was determined to resolve all outstanding industrial relations matters within the shortest time possible

Sirika, who spoke at the 2022 Annual Joint Consultative and Negotiating Council (JCNC) retreat in Calabar commended the unions for what he called a display of commitment and patriotism by suspending the recent industrial action

Sirika who was represented by the Director of Human Resources in the Ministry, Shehu Dogo, said the adoption of automation systems has fundamentally raised personnel management in the workplace and boosted productivity

He noted that all over the world, the automaton process in contemporary public and private organisations have been adopted, making them the norm and culture.

Sirika said the aviation sector of the nation’s economy was set to spearhead and deepen the adoption of automation in its agencies with a view to raising work standards among aviation workers and enhancing revenue generation in all revenue-generating agencies under the supervision of the ministry

He commended the JCNC for sustaining the noble initiative also various aviation unions in the industry for identifying with the Joint Aviation Trade Unions’ Forum -JATUF

He expressed hope that the depth of knowledge and experiences shared among the resource persons and participants will enhance future engagements with the management of government and private organisations in the struggle for improved welfare in the workplace

The Chairman of the Joint Consultative and Negotiating Council JCNC Hector Nnadi in his address said the retreat which attracted over 80 participants was organized to examine the way forward in sustaining industrial harmony in the workplace and the growth of the aviation industry.

It was also an avenue to take an appraisal of the unions’ strategy in negotiating for the welfare of aviation workers and a better workplace environment.

Nnadi said it was time for the unions to tell themselves the truth in view of happenings in the industry as it relates to industrial relations issues such as strikes, and protests viz a vis global labour best practices in view of the apparent fact that aviation is global.

He said the retreat provided the opportunity to look at how the labour leaders as strategic social partners to the management of both government and private sectors could through synergy and technology help to improve the system(s) that survive us and the working class without destroying it

According to him, though the time for the retreat was short it was agreed that labour leaders should come together to take an overview of the sector, especially automation, how personnel performance can help drive some of the new policies, and how unions can also engage authorities strategically

The JCNC boss said recently that JCNC went round the geo-political zones to sensitize workers on the issue of personnel automation adding that there was the need to talk to leaders of the workers hence the retreat was organized in Calabar by the Ministry of Aviation

Nnadi said they were collaborating to ensure that people were not caught unaware when the policies commence

He commended Sirika, the permanent secretary and director of human resources in the ministry for their role in the workers’ welfare.

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