Maritime workers commence strike, shut ports operations nationwide

18 December 2014, Lagos – Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Wednesday made good its threat to shut the nation’s ports operations over lingering disputes with government.

Some of the grievances of the union are unpaid wages and other issues affecting the Tally Clerks/On-board Security, minimum standard for Dockworkers and NPA staff welfare matters among others.

apapa-port-terminalIt was gathered that as early as 7 am, workers were withdrawn from their duty posts across the port formations in Lagos, Warri, Port Harcourt’s, Calabar and Onne, effectively crippling all operations nationwide.

Both Presidents of Dockworkers and Nigerian Ports Authoity, NPA branches of MWUN, Mr. Adewale Adeyanju and Adeleke Sanni, respectively, addressed the workers at both Apapa and Tin Can Ports and assured them that the issues would be fought to a logical conclusion.

Lamenting the loss incurred as a result of the strike, President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Alhaji Shittu Olayiwola said when members of the MWUN were on strike, the agents would not be able to work.

According to Shittu, agents cannot work because the Dockworkers are needed to do examination on containers just as stevedores are also needed for vessels to discharge.

Shittu called on the management of NPA to rise up to the occasion and resolve the matter for industrial peace of the industry, saying “for every day that the ports are shut, both the Federal Government and other port operators lose not less than N10billion. It is not just members of the freight forwarding groups; everybody is affected whenever there is a strike of this magnitude.”
Similarly, the Officer in Charge of A. P Moller Terminal in Apapa Ports, Mrs. Nike Oladunni-Omoridion, a Deputy Comptroller of Customs told Vanguard that as a result of the strike, operators and others were not allowed to enter the ports. So, customs officers could not carry out examination of containers.
Another Customs officer at the Ports and Terminal Multi-Purposes Services, PTML, who spoke on the condition of anonymity at 4 pm, told Vanguard that he was about leaving the ports to go home because work was disrupted due to the strike.


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