Maritime Workers Start Nationwide Industrial Action
Seaport In Nigeria. Image: Leadership NG

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has embarked on a nationwide strike on Wednesday over unpaid wages, and other issues.

Concise News understands that the development will lead to a shut down of ports operations.

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According to the President General of the Union, Adewale Adeyanju, the industrial action would not be suspended until all outstanding payments accumulated for over a year were fully liquidated.

“Some of the affected dockworkers have passed on prematurely due to economic hardship, while those that are alive have been forced to live like destitute,” he noted.

“As a responsible union, we cannot continue to hold our arm and watch our members die prematurely because of the nonchalant attitude of the IOCs toward the welfare of our members.

“In view of the foregoing, we gave a 14-day ultimatum/notice to the Federal Government, through the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation to prevail on the IOCs to do the needful by paying our members.

“Ahead of the expiration of the ultimatum, which was Friday, June 28, 2019, we issued a reminder letter dated June 27, 2019.”

It noted, however, that “The three days’ reminder elapsed today (yesterday) and we are, therefore, directing that from 6.00am tomorrow, (today), all ports operations nationwide should be shut and our members should begin an indefinite strike until all payments are made and other issues resolved.

“That is, if at the close of work today, (yesterday) no evidence of payment is seen, our members shall withdraw services in all the nation’s seaports until all issues in contention are resolved.”