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.
The unions – the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) – accused the airline of anti-labour practices. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 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. Read more