Maritime workers vow to go ahead with strike at Nigeria’s seaports

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Tuesday said it would go on with its resolve to embark on an industrial action following the refusal by the International Oil Companies in Nigeria to pay stevedoring wages to dockworkers appointed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

President-General of the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju said that the decision to embark on strike was its last resort after the expiration of the two weeks ultimate issued to the IOCs on the matter.

According to Adeyanju, the IOCs have also refused to get into talks with the union for a way forward since the expiration of the ultimatum. A situation he said had been so for about one year now.

He said, “We want to use this medium to intimate you, and the Federal Government, of the non-payment of stevedoring wages to dockworkers by the international oil companies (IOCs) operating in Nigeria.

“We are aware that on June 1, 2018, the NPA appointed stevedoring contractors to provide stevedoring services at various offshore jetties and onshore locations to the international oil services and other operators.

“It will be necessary to inform you that NPA had held several meetings with these operators to grant access to the government-appointed stevedoring contractors, process their invoices and effect payment, but unfortunately, the operators have refused to comply with the NPA directive after one year that the contractors were appointed.”