The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has appealed to the employers and the employees in the Aviation industry to embrace social dialogue in order to prevent job losses.
The Minister made the appeal in a statement, signed by Mr Charles Akpan, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Friday in Abuja.
The Minister stated: “The government on its part will honour its obligation to the industry by providing palliatives in the form of tax reduction, tax exemption, and elimination of customs duties on aircraft spares and logistics.
“The Central Bank of Nigeria will also provide stimulus package to encourage the operators in the industry.”
News Agency of Nigeria (NANS) reports that Ngige made the call during a conciliatory meeting with airline operators and the trade unions in the aviation industry to discuss contentious issues, especially pay cut and laying off of workers.
“We understand the plight of the employers, being that the volume of work in that organisation has dwindled, from 50 aircraft business to an all-time low of 12 aircraft.
“We appeal to both management and workers to dialogue with a human face in order to save jobs,” he said.