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Breaking! Trouble as Labour set to shutdown Clarion Bonded Terminal over unpaid five months workers’ salary.

Breaking! Trouble as Labour set to shutdown Clarion Bonded Terminal over unpaid five months workers' salary.

 

The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to shut down Clarion Bonded Terminal at Alakija area of Lagos o Friday morning over non-payment of Workers’ salaries for five months

The union yesterday said the management of the bonded terminal breached its terms reached in the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) agreement with MWUN.

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Speaking on the development, )resident General of the Union, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju declared trade dispute on the bonded terminal

He.direxted the branch president and district chairmen to halt operations at the quay apron where the RoRo vessel is expected to berth even as he added that all barging operations and transfer of imported vehicles to the bonded terminal be suspended.

The MWUN PG asked that members should troop out enmasse for picketing of the terminal in Friday morning.

Speaking further, Adeyanju accused the management of Clarion of engaging the services of uniformed armed personnel to shield the terminal and to do the jobs of the labourers.

While describing the action by the off dock terminal operator as anti labour and slavery contract, the President General reiterated that:”Management of the terminal has no regards for the contract obligations with workers with regards to employees and employers agreement.

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“And we felt is a sleep on the NJIC agreement we had with them. We cannot allow this kind of a thing to happen like this in this country .

“Workers work with you for five to six months and you refused to pay them their salaries and at night you will bring armed policemen to come and do the job that belong to the same workers you refused to pay.

“We felt it’s a slap on the NJIC agreement we have with the terminal operators for dockworkers.

“We will not allow this kind of things to take place in this industry again because it is about the workers welfare and they are not going to transfer any car from the port to that terminal.

“Any transfer that is meant for Clarion Bonded Terminal and let me repeat myself there will be no offloading of vehicles from the vessels to any barges for transfer to that terminals until the salaries of the workers are paid.”

The President General who promised to be on ground during the picketing, said a vessel is expected to berth on Friday at one of the Roll on Roll Off terminals in Tin Can Island and there will be no work unless the salaries are paid.

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He lamented that workers have expressed dissatisfaction over the anti labour attitude of the terminal operators whilst assuring members that such practice must stop .

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