Growls from Asecna air traffic controllers in the African sky

Growls from Asecna air traffic controllers in the African sky

Turbulence in the African sky. The air traffic controllers of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (Asecna) have called for a strike from this Friday, September 23, at 8 a.m. GMT.

Seventeen African countries are members of this agency. A first notice had been suspended in August after an intervention by Senegalese President Macky Sall, also President of the African Union. Following court decisions, Asecna affirms that the announced strike will not affect Chad, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire or Madagascar.

Why this new mood swing? ” We negotiated on August 29 and 30. But we did not win the case, as far as motivation is concerned, whether it be the increase in the control bonus, the career plan for air traffic controllers, the reduction of the lack of staff. On all this, Asecna did not give satisfaction “, explains François Paul Gomis, the general secretary of the Union of air traffic controllers unions of Asecna.

“Asecna only threatens us”

And the trade unionist to continue: We waited for three weeks, and during those three weeks, the committee of ministers did not express an opinion. This is why we decided to reactivate the strike notice. Minimum service military flights, flights for heads of state and government, humanitarian flights… Asecna only threatens us, we have even been threatened with dismissal. Asecna does everything except initiate a dialogue. So we too are fighting. »

In a press release, Asecna denounces the legitimacy of the trade union, described as “ of a clandestine organization which is not recognized by any of the Member States “. The agency claims to have taken all regulatory measures to ensure the continuity of its public service mission.