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CAMAIR-Co Workers Petition Management, Threaten Strike Action

Douala (National Times)-Four workers’ syndicates at the Cameroon  Airlines Corporation (CAMAIR-Co) have  petitioned the management of the company over three months of unpaid salaries  among other worries  threatening to go on an eight day strike  action beginning May 2nd , 2019 if their concerns are not addressed.

The petition is the content of a letter dated April 24th addressed to the Director General of  CAMAIR-Co; a copy of which The National Times stumbled on. It is copied the Prime Minister, Secretary General at the Presidency, Ministries of Finance, Transport and  Labour  and Social security , Governor of the Littoral Region, Prefect for Wouri Division, Board Chairman of CAMAIR-CO and state security services.

Groupings raising the worries comprise; Cameroon Airlines and Flight Engineers Union of Cameroon (SPINAC) headed by  Captain Ngom Mambingo, Syndicat National  des Travaileurs  de l’Aviation au sol (SYNTAS) led by  Esimi Piere, National Syndicate of Air Transport Workers (STTA) represented by its president Benga Nseke Jules Federic and the  Syndicat Des Personnels  du Transport  Aerien et Activites (SNPTA) headed by  Alain Arthur Siem.

In the letter, the leaders indicate seven issues which need to be addressed to avert the strike action. These include payment of salaries for the month of February, March and April. They are requesting the rehabilitation of the company’s fleet (B 767, B737, MA60).

The syndicates are also demanding the payment of risk allowances, sick insurance,  and payment of other benefits. They also write the need to cancel a certain social plan of action. They want an efficient management of human resources at the company.

Besides, the petitioners say, they want an end to other technical, administrative and social conflicts raised during negotiations with other social partners of the company.

While reminding the Director General of their wish to safe the company, the workers’ syndicates state in the letter that, failure to act on the grievances, they will stop work at 6AM , May 2nd , 2.

Other concerns raised in the letter include issues of contributions to the National Social Insurance Fund (NSIF). The same document raised the continuous decline in customers, the sidelining of the company in the  Hadj pilgrimage  of Muslim faithful.

They also bring to the attention of the powers that be the expiration of the mandate of the members of the board of directors since February 2019. They argue that, the mandates have not been renewed. The management of CAMAIR-Co is yet to react to the concerns of the workers’ syndicates.

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