The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), has handed down a seven-day ultimatum to the management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) to recall the sack of over 20 workers.
The workers were allegedly sacked for indicating interest in joining aviation unions.
A petition jointly signed by the General Secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Olayinka Abioye and Frances Akinjole, with the title, ‘Notice of Seven-Day Ultimatum To Recall Sacked Workers Of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited’, dated May 21, 2018, the unions alleged that the company erred in sacking the workers for their intent to be members of unions in the industry they work.
The unions in the petition said that with the notice, BASL was expected to reinstate all members of staff sacked arbitrarily, allow for unfettered unionisation of all interested members of staff in consonance with the applicable laws of Nigeria and meet with industrial unions to fashion the way forward as social partners in the industry.
According to the unions, the ultimatum would elapse on Monday, May 28, 2018, threatening that failure of BASL to accede to the unions’ demands would “lead to a situation too knotty for both parties.”