The members of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) have blocked the entrance gates of the Murtala Mohammed Airport 2 (MMA2) terminal in Lagos, over the “unprovoked termination” of appointment of 34 aviation workers by the operators of the airport terminal, the B-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL).
This protest which was held on Tuesday compelled the airlines like Ibom Air and Air Peace operating within the airport terminal to stop flight operations.
Ibom Air, in a notice to its passengers, said the action of the union will greatly impact its flights scheduled in and out of Lagos today.
“We greatly regret the impact of this unexpected action on your day’s plan as we urge you to kindly stay close to all our communication channels for subsequent updates”, the airline said.
According to the notice, those affected by the disengagement include the ATSSSAN Branch Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Women Leader who were said to demand “the payment of terminal benefits to staff members who exited the service of the company lawfully in line with the signed Conditions of Service.”
The union said BASL Management acted at a time parties were at the table discussing the said payment, and there was nothing to suggest that the negotiation has broken down irretrievably.
It considered the termination as victimization of her members and excos who were merely carrying out their constitutional duties.
ATSSSAN Principal Deputy General Secretary, Frances Akinjole said “In light of the above: ATSSSAN has declared industrial action against BASL and calls on all branches nationwide, as well as all professional associations affiliated to ATSSSAN to withdraw services to all airlines operating into and out of the MMA2 Lagos immediately without fall.”
However, the spokesperson for BASL said the company initially engaged the union but there is no official response on the development at the time of filling in this report.