Aviation reached agreement with BASL, suspends strike

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A coalition of unions in the aviation unions have suspended the two day picketing of Bi Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) facility, Murtal Muhammed Airport II (MMA2)

The strike was called off on Thursday night, following an agreement between the union leaders and the management of BASL.

The unions which comprise the 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) had vowed to continue with the protest unless the sacked workers were reinstated by BASL.

However, according to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), following the intervention of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and airport security agencies, the aviation unions and BASL reached an agreement.

Sam Jaja, Deputy President of ATSSSAN confirmed the suspension of the strike, stating that BASL had agreed to reinstate the sacked workers and also give recognition to unions in the sector.

It was also agreed that an inter-ministerial committee should be set up to look into unionism among private organisations in the sector.

It would be recalled that unions in the aviation sector had been at loggerhead with the management of BASL over the sack of 28 staff  members of BASL who signified intention to join aviation union. This cacophony led to the picket of MMA 2 for two days with the airlines operating from the terminal groaning loss of millions of naira in revenue in the and air passengers stranded in the process.

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