Bi-Courtney recalls 37 sacked workers


…pays October salary


Posted by Sade Williams


Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) said on Thursday it has recalled all the sacked 37 workers to its employ, saying it has also paid October salary to the workers.

A statement signed by Oluwatosin Onalaja, Head of Corporate Communications and made available to The Travel Port confirmed that a resolution was reached on the same day of the action.

“A resolution was reached on the same day of the strike action, after a stakeholders’ meeting mediated by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment. The stakeholders’ meeting concluded that the staff should be recalled on the clear instruction that they should not report to work.

‘’The issue of appropriate severance package will be mediated between the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the unions and BASL. The alleged outstanding salary, which is for October 2022, due at the end of October 2022 and thus not a delayed salary, should be paid and has since been paid by BASL.”, it said.

Speaking further, Onalaja on behalf of BASL management lauded the support received from key stakeholders and the patience and understanding from customers and clients, saying “we assure you that your safety and comfort remain our utmost priority at all times.

Recall that on Tuesday, members of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) staged an action against the sack of 34 of its members, grounding flight activities at the terminal.

The association, had claimed in a statement signed by Comrade Frances Akinjole, the Deputy General Secretary, ATSSSAN, said it was surprised to see that out of 37 persons given letters  of 10 days leave of absence, 34  were its members and that of the executive.

The picketing impacted heavily on scheduled flights and other operations, with early morning passengers left stranded. The unions barricaded the entrance and exit gates of the terminal and prevented customers, concessionaires and other members of staff from gaining entry.

Meanwhile on the same day, according to the union, truce was brokered at a meeting empaneled by the Ministry of Labour & Employment; Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA and Airport Security Agencies”.

According to the memo from the union, the unions’ agreement to cease picketing is contingent on the acceptance by BASL, “to recall the laid off members of our union and an undertaking to pay their salaries”.