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Air navigation workers start strike

Workers at the National Air Navigation Company (ENNA) started a strike this Wednesday, demanding better working conditions, wages, career progression and medical assistance, admitting to suspending work at the end of the day due to the intervention of the guardianship, said a union source.


The strike, for an "indeterminate period", by ENNA employees began at midnight on Wednesday, due to non-compliance with a list of demands submitted to the administration of the Angolan public company last May.

The information was transmitted this Wednesday to Lusa by the secretary general of the National Independent Union of Aeronautical and Airport Workers (SNITAA) of Angola, Anastácio Afonso, noting that the stoppage covers the institution's operational services.

"In principle, the strike is for an indefinite period and covers ENNA's operational services, such as aeronautical information services, the communication service, surveillance and the administrative areas and general services of the company," he said.

The union leader realized, on the other hand, that the strike should be suspended later this Wednesday due to mediation by the Ministry of Transport, "where we managed to reach a term of commitment with the company".

"In the sense of resuming negotiations and, depending on this signed commitment, we have now decided to temporarily lift the strike until this schedule of activities that will or will not result in the satisfaction of the points of the claim booklet is concluded", he explained.

"We have now signed this agreement and in the next few hours we will communicate the suspension of the strike", said the unionist, recalling that the stoppage safeguards the minimum services.

The strike at ENNA "may indeed imply flight cancellations or delays, but underline that in this strike situation we safeguard the minimum services, which in our case presupposes continuing to provide services to State aircraft, military aircraft and medium and medium emergency aircraft humanitarian flights," he said.

"They are safeguarded by the minimum services, but in any case, at any time, we will be communicating the lifting of that strike", he insisted.

In a statement, ENNA maintains that "the reasons for which the declaration of strike is based are unfounded, insofar as the negotiation process between the parties took place under the mediation of the General Labor Inspectorate (IGT) and gave rise to a agreement signed between the parties on August 11, 2022, whose compliance has been observed".

According to ENNA, on 1 November, the management of SNITAA demanded the employer's board of directors to resume negotiations immediately, within a period of five days after submission of the document, under penalty of declaring a strike.


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