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Unions ground Dana Air over anti-labour practices


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Aviation unions on Tuesday grounded the operations of Dana Air Limited over alleged anti- labour practices.

The unions’ action left many passengers of the airline stranded as most of them were seen at the departure hall sitting on top of their luggage amidst uncertainty surrounding their flights.

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The unions, notably the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, NAAPE, picketed the airline operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal two, MMA2, preventing any of its flights from taking off.

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NAAPE was joined in solidarity by all affiliates of the United Labour Congress, UCL, to carry out the picketing exercise over the refusal of Dana Air to allow their staff to join the unions.

One of the union leaders, Abdulrazaq Saidu, said that the strike is total, saying no pilot or engineer with Dana would resume duty until their demands are resolved.

Mr Saidu said the era of anti-labour practice by any airline operator is gone, saying the exercise started with Arik Air recently and same would be replicated with another airline in no distant time.

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, and the Nigerian Police, Airport Command among other stakeholders, it was learnt, have intervened in the dispute.

The airline however condemned the disruption by the striking workers.

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