Aviation unions query BASL sack of 34 staff without due process

From left: Deputy President, Comrade Emmanuel Jaja; Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigerian (ATSSSAN),General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Comrade Francis Akinjole and National TRUSTEE Comrade Innocent Atasie, during the News Conference.

Unions in the aviation industry have accused Bi-courtney Aviation Services, BASL, the manager of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal Two, MMA2 of terminating the employment of 34 of its members without recuse to due process.

At a news conference in Lagos, the leadership of the unions said, the 34 sacked staff predominately union and exco members were placed on a compulsory 10 day leave, adding that when the union responded with a 7-day ultimatum to withdraw the forced leave and settle the exit pays, it responded with termination letters via the emails of the affected staff.

Deputy Secretary General, Air Transport Services senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, Comrade Frances Akinjole said, this was not the first time the management of BASL had taken such step in laying off staff after series of intimidation.

According to him, since the signing of the staff Conditions of Service (CoS) for members on the 16th of June, 2021 after prolonged negotiation with Management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services, their members have been having problems of threats, dismissals and intimidation.

“A situation occurred sometime in the year 2018 when some set of workers in Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) were sacked for expressing their constitutional right of becoming members of a trade union. Series of intimidation of union members continued in the company”.

The Deputy National President, ATSSSAN, Comrade Emmanuel Jaja said, despite series of meeting held with the management of the terminal two, they discovered that BASL Management had not been sincere in cooperating with the discussions.

“ATSSSAN is not against any employer in doing whatever they want to do but the issue is, you want to downsize, right size, redundancy but because of the agreement we have courtesy demand that you should call us, let us sit down, we cannot say no, the issue is that you should go back and follow the due process”.

Other union leaders present at the news conference, National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals ANAP and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, NAAPE say, they were awaiting the management of the terminal two to hold talks with them on the matter before deciding on what their next step would be.

Responding, the Management of Bi-courtney said, it followed due process regarding the issuance of compulsory ten days leave of absence.

In a statement, the management insisted it has not committed any offence.

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