Again, MWUN threatens shutdown on shipping companies from Monday, 30th October, 2023.

Again, MWUN threatens shutdown on shipping companies from Monday, 30th October, 2023.



Segun Oladipupo

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has directed that the initial suspended strike action be resuscitated by Monday the 30th of October, 2023.

The President General of MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju said that the directive was coming on the heels of the failure of the Shipping Employers representatives to honour the negotiation of the minimum standard condition of service (NJIC) for the shipping sector.

This is contained in a press release made public by Comrade John Kennedy Ikemefuna, Head of Media, MWUN

It would be recalled that the former Honourable Minister of Transportation’s intervention necessitated the suspension of the indefinite strike action billed for Monday, 5th of June, 2023.

The Minister also commissioned a constituted technical committee comprising of the Union and Shipping Employers to harmonize the Union’s demands after the three meetings held could not resolve the protracted Minimum Standard Condition of Service (NJIC) issue with the Union.

It’s worthy to note also that when truce was almost in sight, the representatives of the Shipping Employers at the negotiation table began to develop lackadaisical attitude towards the entire exercise, which gave them away as lacking the mandate to take decisions; their cold feet on the matter subsequently led to the collapse of the negotiation.

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Flowing from the above, we as a Union have reiterated that the Shipping Branch of the Union will commence the suspended indefinite action through out the Nation’s port formations after the expiration of the renewed seven-day ultimatum issued.

The other three branches of the Union, namely: Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Dockworkers, and the Seafarers will in solidarity join their colleagues in the strike action

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