• Friday, June 14, 2024
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NIMET says no justification for union strike

Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET

The management of Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET has 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.

The Director General, of NIMET, Sani Mashi in a letter to the Union on Thursday, explained that most of the Unions claimes and issues have been either addressed or currently being attended to, hence the strike would rather distract the agency’s attention in pursuing these noble goals.

According to him, the resolutions reached in March 2019 by the Ministerial Committee on the Harmonization of Salaries of Staff in Aviation Agencies which the unions were well represented, that the 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. The Ministry was exclusively charged with the task of handling the matter with commission.

On the issue of the payment of promotion arrears, he said ” the Unions should know that it is the Office of the Account General of the Federation and not the Agency that is responsible for the payment of this arears 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”.

“Implementation of minimum wage it’s a known fact that the Agency does not pay its Staff salary. The Federal Government, through the Office of the Account General of the Federation, pays such salaries to Agency’s Staff. ”

“On the issue of lateral conversion, the management wishes to state that it is not true that the Agency is “denying lateral conversion to staff on professional cadres who graduated after attaining grade level 10…,” as posited by your Unions. However, in 2016 when the Agency’s Senior Staff Committee recommended for the lateral conversion of Officers on Salary Grade Level 10 and above, the Ministry of Aviation stepped it down on the ground that the Agency’s practice contravenes Extant Rules and Regulations”.

“In giving importance to training of staff, the management in 2019 developed a guideline to standardize and formalize requests for study leaves for diploma, undergraduate, post graduate diploma and post graduate programmes. As a matter of policy and practice the issues of training and retraining of staff have been taken seriously”.

The agency, however, called on all the staff, in consideration of the rule of Law, to immediately discountance the call for the strike.