On Monday, Nigerian aviation workers took to the streets to protest against the poor working conditions and lack of salary increases at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc.
The demonstration caused significant disruptions, with international flights being particularly affected. The management of the company has yet to comment on the situation.
Passenger and cargo handling activities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos were disrupted on Monday as Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) staff members protested over poor working conditions and a lack of salary increases. According to a source, international flights were heavily affected and passengers were stranded at the airport.
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This is not the first time that air travel in Nigeria has been impacted by labor disputes. In September 2022, it was reported that the Nigerian government was seeking to prevent aviation workers from going on strike by designating them as essential personnel.
The National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Association of Aviation Professionals all expressed their opposition to this provision in the newly amended Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Act.
As a result, Air Traffic Controllers suspended operations, causing disruptions at airports in Abuja, Lagos, and Kano. In addition to the disruptions at the airport, aviation workers also took to the streets in Abuja to protest against the “obnoxious Essential Services clauses” in the aviation bills and acts.