Lagos - Aviation trade unions on Thursday shut down the operations of Caverton Helicopters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos over alleged sack of 150 workers, Punch reports.
The unions – the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Air Transport Employees – accused the airline of anti-labour practices.
The members of both unions, chanting various solidarity songs, barred workers and clients of the airline from entering its premises for several hours.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as “Casualisation/Outsourcing is Evil, Workers Say No”, “No Alternative to Condition of Service, No to Impunity in Caverton” and 'Workers' Rights Must be Protected”.
However, there was a tight security presence as policemen from the Rapid Response Squad and other aviation security personnel were on ground to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Addressing the protesters, the General Secretary, NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, said the unions decided to shut down the airline’s operations in Lagos, Warri and Port Harcourt to protect the rights of workers.
Abioye flayed the decision of Caverton’s management to declare 150 workers redundant in view of the current economic situation in the country according to Saharareporters.
He said that the affected workers were paid only a month salary in lieu of notice despite some of them having spent up to 13 years in the airline’s service.
- News 24