JUST IN: Maritime Workers Issue 7-Day Strike Notice To Federal Government


Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to compel the International Oil Companies, IOCs over refusal to allow Stevedoring companies and Dockworkers into their operational areas as required by law in the past eight years.

In a statement today, the President-General and Secretary-General of MWUN, Prince Adeyanju Adewale and Felix Akingboye, respectively, warned that if at the expiration of the ultimatum the Union’s demand is not met, all ports operations nationwide would be shut until the union’s demands are met.

MWUN lamented the alleged silence of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and ultimately the Federal Government to the non – compliance of the IOCs to extant Stevedoring regulations and the Marine/Government Notice No. 106 on Stevedoring regulations, 2014 issued by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

It explained that “the extant stevedoring/ marine notice is the operational guidelines to all dock labour employers and private operators of any work location including Ports, Jetties, Onshore or Offshore Oil and Gas or bonded terminals, inland container depots (ICDs), off-dock terminals, dry ports and platforms.

The law stipulates that government-appointed and NIMASA registered stevedores and Dockworkers shall be allowed access by the IOCs to the operational areas allocated to them by the NPA.

“We wish to further draw the public attention to the repressive practice of the IOCs by denying our members (Dockworkers), access to their operational areas and consequently, denying the Dockworkers the opportunity to earn wages.

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