Civil Aviation suspends air traffic controllers for striking

By James Atem Kuir

The Civil Aviation Authority has suspended air traffic controllers for at least 90 days without pay after laying down their tools in protest over poor working conditions late last year.

In December last year, the air traffic control officers laid down their tools demanding renewal of their operation licenses, provision of air control equipment and payment of arrears.

According to a letter signed by Subek John David Dada the Civil Aviation Authority Chief Executive Officer, the air traffic officers have been prohibited from going to their work places and stripped off of any benefit during the suspension period.

“Following the strike made by you on the 4th December, 2020, the authority of South Sudan Civil Aviation after several meetings with the high authority finally resolved to suspend you from duties for the period of three months (90 days) without pay and other benefits,” the letter reads in parts.

“You are therefore, not allowed to appear in the premises of your work place unless requested by the administration for a reason of inquiry,” the letter further stated.

Following the strike, SSPDF officers took over the operations of the air traffic control in In December last year.

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