Dockworkers Union suspends 3-day industrial action

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has suspended its industrial action, which had entered the third day on Friday.

The Union had embarked on a action strike on July 3, after a two-week ultimatum it issued to the International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria to pay up wages due to stevedores for dockworkers, based on approval of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

According to the MWUN, the affected dockworkers had not been paid their wages since the last one year.

The Union said that it had observed that other businesses connected to the ports have had to suffer as a result of the strike, therefore making the dockworkers to be considerate.

“We have noted with grave concern that some major stakeholders in the industry who are not in any way involved with why the union embarked on a strike action are adversely in their operations.”

The Union, however, noted the intervention by the Ministries of Transportation and that of Labour and Employment, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as well as the Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria (STOAN) to fix a meeting of parties concerned.

On that note, the Union said that “We have decided to suspend the strike action pending the outcome of the meeting scheduled to take place next week between the management of the NPA, NIMASA, NSC, NNPC and the IOCs with the leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria.”

The MWUN expressed its appreciation for the intervention by the Nigerian Labour Congress, and other sister unions for their solidarity while the strike lasted.