Aviation unions end strike at MMA2

Murtala Muhammed Airport2(MMA2): aviation unions end picketing
Murtala Muhammed Airport2(MMA2): aviation unions end picketing

Unions in the aviation sector on Thursday night called off their two-day industrial action against Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) at Murtala Muhammed Airport2 in Lagos.

This followed the signing of an agreement by the union leaders and BASL management.

We gathered that the agreement was brokered by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and airport security agencies who intervened in the dispute between the parties.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Air Force bombs Boko Haram training camp

Mr Sam Jaja, Deputy President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(ATSSSAN) confirmed the suspension of the picketing while addressing the union members after the meeting.

READ ALSO:  Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport records 3.36m passengers in 9 months

Jaja said BASL had agreed to reinstate the sacked workers and also give recognition to unions in the sector, as well as right of workers to belong to unions of their choice.

According to him, it was also agreed that an inter-ministerial committee should be set up to look into unionism among private organisations in the aviation sector.

Nigerian’s News reports the unions had since the early hours of Wednesday embarked on the protest, over the alleged sack of 24 employees who indicated interest to unionise by BASL, operators of the MMA2 in Lagos.

READ ALSO:  Abuja airport to process over 20m passengers annually

The unions involved were ATSSSAN, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).

Despite a subsisting court order issued by Justice I. N Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos restraining them from the action, the unions had shut down flights and business activities at the MMA2.

READ ALSO: Qatar establishes free zone

Airlines operating from the terminal affected by the action include Arik Air, Medview Airline, Azman Air, Max Air, Dana Air and Aero Contractors.

READ ALSO:  Pipeline vandalism :100 houses, 50 cars destroyed in Lagos

The airlines were forced to temporarily move their passenger boarding and processing to the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as the action lingered.

Cheap web hosting in Nigeria

Disclaimer

Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of Nigerian's News or any employee thereof.