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Aviation Unions Shut Down Murtala Muhammed Airport



A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the Federal Government and agencies from re-possessing and interfering in the domestic wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos from its current operator and manager, Bi-Courtney Limited.

Aviation unions have shut down the Murtala Muhammed International Airport II (MMA2) over the sack of 20 workers.

The protesting union including the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers,  shut down the airport on Wednesday morning, October 10.

AN24 recalls that the unions had on October 5 issued a notice of strike jointly signed by the General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Frances Akinjole and General Secretary, NAAPE, Ocheme Aba.

The unions said they were compelled to issue the notice following the refusal of the BASL management to cooperate with the interventions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and airport security agencies.

According to the unions, all services to MMA2 would be withdrawn effective October 10, unless the management fully reinstates all the affected workers without loss of pay or seniority.

They also advised the management to recognise the unions and allow the unhindered processes of unionisation in BASL in compliance with extant labour laws.

The unions vowed to continue the protest until BASL accede to their demands even as they apologised for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.

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