Aviation unions have commenced a two-day warning strike to press home their demands for better welfare for their members.
As early as 4 a.m. this morning, union members barricaded the entries and exits of the aviation agencies’ annexe headquarters with their vehicles.
Workers of the agencies who have arrived for work cannot gain entry into their various offices, including owners of businesses within the airport; all of them are hanging around the premises.
The unions are demanding the immediate release of the reviewed Condition of Service, CoS as negotiated between them and four aviation agencies for over seven years, implementation of the minimum wage significant adjustments and arrears for the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet since 2019 and a halt to the planned demolition exercise of all the agency buildings in Lagos by the Minister of Aviation for an airport city project called metropolis.
Aviation: Unions strike Flight disruptions
Flight operations have been grounded as passengers cannot access terminals, and heavy vehicular traffic surrounds the airport environment.
Motorcyclists are doing a brisk business of conveying passengers into the terminals. Yet, at the same time, some are stuck in their cars, and others alighting from their vehicles, carrying their luggage and walking down the airports.
All roads leading into the airport from Ikeja under the bridge, agege motor road, oshodi and the access toll gate into the airport are blocked as the unions gathered to address the workers at the roundabout at the domestic wing of the airport.
Security agents, the police, the air force, the army and the state security service are all on the ground to ensure law and order.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, are also present to ensure sanity.
The unions have vowed to remain here until zero hours and continue tomorrow.
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