Passengers are stranded at the Murtala Muhammad Airport 2 (MMA2) as aviation unions protest the sack of their workers by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited.
The protesting unions 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).
This will be in disregard of a Federal High Court order granted on Tuesday to restrain them from disrupting the operations at Murtala Muhammad Airport 2 (MMA2) terminal.
The court granted the order in the suit filed by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) who are the operators of MMA2.
The aviation workers warned that they will disrupt operations at the airport terminal over the disengagement of some their workers by BASL who they said were disengaged for attempting to join them. However, BASL said that the disengaged workers have either reached their retirement age or found to be non-diligent in their work.
Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited in a statement on Tuesday said; “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 if 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”.
BASL also assured customers and passengers of MMA2 that they will continue having seamless access to the facility. (NAN)
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”