Maritime Workers Union to shut down Nigeria's Seaports July 3

President General of  the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju
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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has disclosed that it would embark on its planned strike action by shutting down the nation’s seaports by Wednesday, July 3.

The Secretary General of the MWUN, Felix Akingboye, in a letter addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, said the proposed action was due to government’s failure to prevail on the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to pay dockworkers their wages.

The Union said the management of the IOCs in Nigeria had failed to pay the government-appointed stevedores their stevedoring charges that accrue to the dockworkers.

Drawing the attention of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in the letter, which was made available to newsmen, the Union said its two weeks notification on the issue and proposed action elapsed on Friday, June 28.

Copied in the letter are the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Director General of NIMASA, the Executive Director, Marine and Operation of the NPA, the Executive Director, Finance and Admin, NPA, the President, National Association of Stevedoring Companies, and all Terminal Operators and all Shipping Companies.