President, National Union of Air Transport Employees NUATE, Comrade Ben Nnabue has implored workers in the Aviation sector to keep hope alive as the Coronavirus pandemic cripple activities in the global industry.
In a statement to commemorate the International workers day, Comrade Nnabue says the day offers opportunity for organised labour to reflect on the vistas of collectivism and solidarity among global, national and sub-national labour fronts, and everything else in between.
“As we celebrate the Workers Day from the safety of our homes where the ubiquitous COVID-19 pandemic has sentenced us all, we cannot but reflect deeply on the present and future conditions in the world of work as being dictated by the pandemic. While the immediate task is how to cope with the hardships imposed by income challenges, the short and long terms pose a different challenge.
The NUATE President emphasized that to get the industry and economy back on track again is to join hands with the governments and the global community to defeat the virus.
“For as long as the pandemic lasts, our lives will remain under its control. The only way to get our lives back to normal is to defeat the virus. And the only way to defeat the virus is for all of us to work together. The citizenry, the governments at all levels, and the global community must join forces and combine efforts and move in the same direction.”
He stressed that the present dire situation cannot afford rebellion and resistance against government, adding that all differences must be aside and cooperate with one another by being pliant to rules.
“For this to happen each and all must play well their parts. In this case, the responsible role for us to play as good citizens is to comply with all rules and guidelines issued by all governments and their appropriate agencies.”
The union called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of aviation companies and agencies as the worst hit by the pandemic, as it runs a very high risk of total collapse without government intervention or bailout, in one form or another.
” We therefore hope that Government will not only listen to our plea but will accord priority and urgency to the aviation sector in respect of the expected intervention. In this regard, we expect also that the handling of workers welfare will play significant role in the extent of access by the companies to the bailout measures.“