ATSSSAN Led Industrial Action Looms At MMA2 Over Sack Of 26 Workers
…Gives BASL 14 Days To Rescind Decision
…Appeals To FG To Allow NCAT Staff Retire At 65
…Urges BPE To Compel SAHCOL To Enlist At Stock Market
The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association(ATSSSAN) has given Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited(BASL) ,operator of the only private terminal in the country 14 days to recall the 26 staff of the facility that were allegedly sacked for voluntarily joining ATSSSAN, failing which activities at MMA2 will be disrupted.
ATSSSAN gave the ultimatum in a communiqué issued and signed by the National President of the union, Comrade Ahmadu Ilitrus and the Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Frances Akinjole at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at in Abuja recently.
The union’s NEC-in-Session condemned in the strongest terms the manner in which the management of BAS terminated the appointments of 26 of its staff, who voluntarily joined ATSSSAN.
The NEC commended the intervention of the State Security Services(SSS) 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.
It also condemned the deliberate frustration of the efforts of above government agencies by the management of BASL.
“To this end, the NEC resolved that if the management of Bi-Courtney does not recall the terminated staff and allow unfettered unionisation 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 union threatened.
It continued, “The NEC therefore advises all domestic operators utilising facilities at MMA2 Lagos to make alternative arrangements to avert unscheduled disruption of operations at the terminal.”
On the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), ATSSSAN NEC did not only urge the Federal Government of Nigeria to re-double its efforts at getting the College Act amended but it also appealed to FG to allow staff of the institution to retire at age 65 in line with what is obtained in other tertiary institutions in the country
The NEC-in Session, appealed to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to compel the Sky Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) to go to the stock exchange market without further delay, arguing the failure of the ground handling company to enlist is denying workers of SAHCOL their agreed statutory 10 per cent equity share holding in the company.