…Sacks Capt. Williams , Others
Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos, the only privately managed terminal in Nigeria has commenced payment to the over 30 workers declared redundant three months ago by its management following the affected staff decision to join aviation unions .
Of the over 30 workers declared redundant by the company in September, only 29 of them were today issued cheques with different amount of money, depending on the number of years the staff has worked in the company and their positions as at the time of the crisis.
The National President of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Comrade Illitrus Ahmadu confirmed the development.
Speaking further, he stated that the unions were able to negotiate the redundancy package for their members affected by the exercise with the company, but noted that some of the affected staff equally picked up letters for unionism after their disengagement from the company.
He added that for that group of people, the unions could not protect them because as at the time they joined, they were already disengaged from the company.
According to him, “I can confirm to you that our affected members in BASL are presently receiving their packages from the company. We were able to negotiate disengagement package for them after they were declared redundant by the company.”
AbelNews recalled that the industry unions grounded commercial activities at MMA2 for two days after issuing several picketing notices to the management, of the terminal which it ignored.
The two parties later returned to the negotiating table where the issues raised by the unions were resolved.
Meanwhile, apart from the commencement of payment for the workers declared redundant by BASL, Feelers reaching AbelNews indicates that all may not be well in the terminal as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of BASL, Capt. Jari Williams has been sent packing together with some of the top hierarchy of the BASL.
AbelNews learnt that the sacking of the former CEO came on the heels of the two days shut down of commercial activities of the and other entities doing business at the terminal.
The blockade by the unions, the online platform learnt cost the terminal millions of naira, a situation that may have led to the sacking of some of the top management staff.
Attempts to know why some of the senior workers were relieved of their positions proved abortive, as no official was available to speak on the issue.
A visit to the terminal by the news platform did not yield any fruitful results either, as the receptionist simply said, “the people you want to see are no longer here.”