The 50 percent salaries paid to staff from grade level 8 and above by Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, for the month of July has not gone down well with the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) of the FAAN branch.
The union also affected in the payment, is therefore calling on the FAAN Management to as a matter of urgency immediately pay the balance 50%.
Secretary of NUP FAAN branch, Comrade Emeke Njoku, who frown on the development said the union is giving the FAAN Management 7 days to right the wrong done to the affected pensioners.
“We want that money reversed within 7 days, we have mobilized our members, it is not done, it is on heard and how much is pension. We shall take action inimical to the organization after 7 days without reversal”
He said FAAN Management went too far in paying the pensioners half of their entitlement without informing them, describing it as ‘wicked’.
Comrade Njoku said, the pensioners have been living from hand to mouth with their little monthly pension that cannot even sustained them, adding that 10 of its members have died as a result of their inability to feed and pay hospital bills.
The NUP scribe disclosed that pension was in the exclusive list of the constitution and cannot be tolled with by anybody including the commander in- chief unless he sought approval from the Court of law.
Comrade Njoku lamented that FAAN had denied them of their entitlement with the 50% payment and wondered the criteria used to determine the percentage of pensioners grade level in the payment of 50% of their monthly entitlement.
“Last time they increased their condition of service they allocated money to themselves, how much did they give pensioners and they went ahead to start slashing pensions without increment in the last 11 years for pensioners.”
Unions in FAAN, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, ANAP and the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, last week had threatened that if the FAAN Management fails to pay the balance of 50% by Tuesday this week, the unions would have no choice than to declare an industrial action.
According to the General Secretaries of the unions, they were shocked when they read a memo addressed to the workers informing them of the Management’s decision to pay staff from grade level 1-7 full salary and grade 8 and above 50% with the payment of the balance 7 days later.