Workers in the aviation industry shut down Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed Airport’s Terminal Two (MMA2); resulting in the suspension of early-morning flights and stranding passengers on 1st November, 2022.
The aviation employees are protesting the firing of some of their members by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited; under the auspices of the air transport services senior staff association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) (BASL).
They were given a seven-day deadline by ATSSSAN to stop firing over 30 employees or face protests. Along with threatening a confrontation, the association demanded payment from its members; as well as the payment of their final entitlements and the revocation of the leave of absence that had been granted; warning that failure to comply would result in the use of “any known means to fight for members’ rights.”
The union characterized the firing of its members as intentional intimidation and witch-hunting.
Ben Nnabue, head of the national union of air transport employees (NUATE), confirmed the situation to TheCable and said that BASL did not follow appropriate procedure when terminating the air transport personnel.