By Chinedu Eze
The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) in the early hours of Tuesday picketed the operations of the East African carrier, Kenya Airways, over labour issues.
The picketing of the airline took place as early as 7am and disrupted the check in process of its passengers who were slated to depart Lagos for Nairobi by 8:00 am.
Hoards of passengers were seen either sitting down on the floor of the terminal or loitering about the premises and unsure of when the union would allow the airline to commence the check-in of passengers. Kenya Airways operates daily flights between Lagos and Nairobi.
The union members and some workers of the airline were seen with different placards alleging that the airline treats its workers like slaves. The union also insisted that it would continue to picket the airline until its demands were met.
Speaking at the rally, the General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, in an interview with journalists, alleged that the airline reneged on all the agreements it reached with the union since 2016.