AIR Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria ( ATSSSAN) National Executive Council (NEC) has issued a two-week ultimatum to the management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services limited (BASL) to recall 26 of its staff whose appointments it terminated because they joined the union or face grave industrial showdown.
The union in its communique signed by Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Frances Akinjole and National President, Comrade Ahmadu Ilitrus also advised all domestic operators utilizing facilities at MMA2 Lagos to make alternative arrangements to avert unscheduled disruption of operations at the terminal at the expiry of the ultimatum.
Recall, management of BASL were accused to have sacked 26 of its workers because they voluntarily joined the union, this which was denied by BASL which said the staff were relieved because they had attained retirement age or those who were found not deliver in their duties.
ATSSSAN was one of the two unions that issued the earlier threat which expired on the 28th of May, 2018 however no action was taken due to the intervention of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and some security agencies.
However, the union has alleged to the BASL management frustrating the recall and is bent on taking action.
A statement made available to Nigerianflightdeck.com read,”NEC-in-Session condemned in the strongest terms the uncivil manner by which the management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services limited (BASL) ingloriously terminated the appointments of 26 of its staff who voluntarily joined ATSSSAN.”
“The NEC commended the intervention of the State Security Services (Airport Command), the Airport Police Command, the Military Commandant (MMIA Airport) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the roles they played in seeking amicable resolution of the issue.”
“NEC thus condemned the deliberate frustration of the efforts of above government agencies by the management of Bi-Courtney. To this end, the NEC resolved that if the management of Bi-Courtney does not recall the terminated staff and allow unfettered unionization of wiling staff of the company within 2 weeks from the date of the publication of this communiqué, ATSSSAN shall embark on a series disruption of operations at MMA2 until the management of BASL complies with its demands.”
“The NEC therefore advises all domestic operators utilizing facilities at MMA2 Lagos to make alternative arrangements to avert unscheduled disruption of operations at the terminal.”