The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Union Workers are threatening to escalate their strike to International airline operations if their demands are not met in the days to come.
A meeting on Monday between the Chief of Staff and the Union Workers to find a lasting solution to the release of some acres of land belonging to the GCAA ended inconclusively.
An agreement was reached to offer some 20 acres out of over 640 acres of land at La Nkwantanang near Adenta for a project by the GCAA but the Union workers rejected the offer saying it was too small to install the much-needed aviation equipment for aviation monitoring.
As a show of displeasure, the GCAA workers withdrew essential services on Saturday resulting in a brief shutdown of domestic airline operations.
A spokesperson for the GCAA workers, William Amoako said although there are planned meetings for Tuesday and Wednesday to resolve the issue, they are not going to back down on their demand.
“We want the whole 640 acres for our current, medium and long-term development,” he said.
“If we take charge of the land, then we can negotiate with the developers, that is what we are asking for. But concerning the portions that we need, for now, half of the land can be used for our installation,” he stressed.
According to Mr Amoako, they do not know who the developer is but are aware that “cabinet has decided to put the land to good use instead of reserving it for aviation purposes.”
He said they are still talking with the powers that be to reconsider this decision in a day or two since the land was acquired for aviation purposes.
Meanwhile, Mr Amoako said they cannot guarantee that they won’t withdraw their services at the Domestic Terminal while talks are ongoing.
“If what is being offered is still woefully inadequate, then I am afraid we have to resort to the action again,” he said.
He stated categorically that although their actions might attract a sanction, the ramification of not installing the equipment outweighs whatever sanction there is.
“We are prepared for anything. The question we should be asking is, is the country prepared for an eventuality that would happen if these vital equipment are not installed? Mr Amoako quizzed.