Protesting Aviation Unions Shut Down Operations At MM Airport 2
Nigeria News – Protesting Aviation Unions Shut Down Operations At MM Airport 2
On Wednesday, as protesting aviation unions shut down operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, hundreds of passengers were stranded.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the unions embarked on the protest alleging BASL’s sacking of 20 employees who indicated interest to unionise.
The unions protesting are the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN).
The union members, who defied a morning downpour barricaded the entrance to the MMA2 as early as 6 am.
In spite of a court order restraining them from embarking on the protest, the unions still execute their plans.
The unionists accused BASL management of violating extant labour laws by not recognising the unions and preventing staff from joining unions in the sector.
Passengers going to catch their early morning flights and airline officials, and people with businesses inside the terminal were prevented from gaining access to the premises.
The protest caused heavy vehicular traffic around the airport environment, which spiralled to some parts of the Agege Motor Road and Ikeja.
Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Azman Air, Dana Air, Max Air and Medview Airline, which operate flights from the terminal were affected by the action.
In the area during the protest, there was a heavy presence of security operatives including officers of the Nigeria Air Force and the police.