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Unions shut down airport, demand reinstatement of staff

Domestic air passengers, staff of airlines and airport users have been locked out of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) as aviation unions barricade the entry and exit points of the terminal.

The unions are demanding the reinstatement or pay off of 34 of their members allegedly laid-off by the management of Bi- Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) without following due process.

The Unions, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), are insisting due process be followed and all entitlements accruing to the affected staff be paid .

Deputy National President, ATSSSAN, Comrade Emmanuel Jaja, told a news conference that they were not out to cause trouble but “for the right thing to be done”.

“The issue is that you should go back and follow the due process,” Comrade Jaja insisted.

The Deputy Secretary General, ATSSSAN, Comrade Frances Akinjole said all efforts to address the issues had failed due to the “uncooperative stance of the BASL Management”.

He accused the management of intimidating members of the unions in their employment for, he said, “insisting on their rights”.

He cited an incident in 2018,

when, according to him, “some set of workers in Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) were sacked for expressing their constitutional right of becoming members of a trade union”.

Early Tuesday morning, airlines operating out of the terminal started sending messages to passengers via emails and WhatsApp alerting them  that the MMA2 had been completely closed off to worker and passenger alike by the Labor Unions.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor