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Aviation unions shut down Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos

Aviation unions shut down Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos

Today, hundreds of passengers are reported to be stranded this morning, at the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) as aviation unions fulfilled their threat of shutting down over the sack of workers  by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited.

The unions partaking in the shutdown activities are Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE). Apparently, they  disregarded  a Federal High Court  order granted on Tuesday.

Aviation unions shut down Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos

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The court granted the order  in the suit filed by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of MMA2: an order which restrained these unions from disrupting the operations of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2).

The unions had given notice that they would disrupt operations at MMA2 from today over the disengagement of some workers of BASL who they said were disengaged for their alleged attempt to join them, but who the company said had attained retirement age or were found not to be diligent in their duties.

BASL said on Tuesday that: “we will like to bring it to the attention of the entire public that the Federal High Court in Lagos in suit number FHC/L/CS/16412/18 has granted an order restraining the unions from carrying out their threats of disrupting the activities of the terminal. Pursuit to this order, members of the unions found in the premises of MMA2 would be liable to trespass. We reserve our right under the law of Nigeria to deal with such person as a trespasser”.  

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BASL also assured customers and passengers of MMA2 that they will continue having seamless access to the facility. The statement said: “BASL is fully aware of the plan by some unions in the aviation sector to disrupt the operations of MMA2 over our decision to disengage some employees.Disengaging the ex-employees had nothing to do with unionism, as we were not aware of this. In as much as we know that the unions have the right to protest without disturbing public peace and safety, we too reserve the right to ensure that our operations and services are not interrupted in any way whatsoever.”

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