Disengaged dockworkers to get severance packages soon

President General of the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju

The Maritime Workers Union 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.
President General of the MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, made the disclosure in a statement  in Lagos.

He recalled that the category of workers were relieved of their duties following the port reform exercise, which made their services unnecessary.

He said that the affected workers had since remained unpaid since 2015 when they were disengaged.

Adeyanju said that the 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 package.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation eventually addressed the issue and approved that payment be made to the workers.  
He said: “The Committee carried out its assignment in all the Sea Ports between 17th -28th December, 2018, and later submitted its Report to the Nigerian Ports Authority.

“However, when no response 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
 Transportation copies of which were forwarded to the President, Nigeria Labour Congress for intervention in order to avoid escalation.

“We are happy to say that on 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.

“We wish to use this medium 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.

“We also want to thank the Honourable Minister of Transportation and the Permanent Secretary for granting approval to pay the disengaged workers severance package.  

“Of course, we equally thank the President, Nigeria Labour Congress for his timely intervention which has stalled escalation of the issue.”