Disengaged dockworkers to get severance packages soon
|President General of the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju|
of Nigeria (MWUN) on Friday said that tally clerks and on-board ship gangway security men who were disengaged from service in year 2015, would soon get
their severance packages.
MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos.
category of workers were relieved of their duties following the port reform
exercise, which made their services unnecessary.
had since remained unpaid since 2015 when they were disengaged.
demand for the workers’ payment had always created tension coming with protests,
but that the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) eventually constituted
a verification committee with membership drawn from the NPA, the stevedoring companies and the union to ascertain who was due for payment of severance
Ministry of Transportation eventually addressed the issue and approved that
payment be made to the workers.
carried out its assignment in all the Sea Ports between 17th -28th
December, 2018, and later submitted its Report to the Nigerian Ports Authority.
was received, the disengaged workers kept their agitations and protests aglow
with the attendant precipitation of tension in our Ports and this made the
Union to forward several letters to the Honourable Minister of
to the President, Nigeria Labour Congress for intervention in order to avoid
5th September, 2019 approval for payment was granted by the Federal
Ministry of Transportation vide letter FMT/0160/S.166/11/521 and after several
meetings with the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) payment in
the Lagos Area has been scheduled to commence on Monday, 23rd
December, 2019 at the NPA Sports Ground, Bode Thomas, Surulere.
to thank the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority Hadjia Hadiza Bala
Usman for her prompt attention to issues concerning the welfare of workers,
both serving and retired.
Honourable Minister of Transportation and the Permanent Secretary for granting
approval to pay the disengaged workers severance package.
the President, Nigeria Labour Congress for his timely intervention which has
stalled escalation of the issue.”