The president General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN ), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju has disclosed why the purported strike notice against International Oil Companies (IOC) was extended till Friday 23rd 2021.
Comrade Adeyanju hinted that the strike notice was extended as a result of Interventions from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
Briefing newsmen on Wednesday at the Secretariat on outcome of the meeting between Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria and the NPA, Adeyanju disclosed that management of NPA pleaded on behalf of the IOCs and talks are ongoing for the multinationals to comply against the backdrop of the Extant Stevedore Regulations laws.
He added that the Union had to listen to the Nigeria Port Authority because they are the master stevedore in Nigeria.
In his word “We are only trying to extend our ultimatum based on the agreement we have with the NPA. The ultimatum has been extended no doubt but let us see what NPA will do with the IOCs at the moment”
Speaking on the strike against APMT, the Union leader said , “The union also suspended the protest against APMT, following Interventions by the NPA and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council .
” APMT was shutdown based on the anti labour activities by management of the facility but as we speak the concessionaire are complying to the agitations of the labour workers.” he added.
He explained further that progress has been recorded to a large extent on the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the concessionaire.
On the influx of foreigners at the nation’s port, Adeyanju disclosed that the union had engaged the Seaports Command of the Nigerian Immigration Services to step up its operations in checkmating the activities
Reading out the notice of extension of strike against IOC duly signed by the President General, Com. Adewale Adeyanju, and Secretary General, Com. Felix S. Akingboyerespectively with headline “Notice of Seven (7) Days Ultimatum, States that “The Maritime workers union of Nigeria (MWUN) wishes to draw the attention of the general public to its press release of Friday April 9th, 2021 on the above subject.
“We wish to further inform the general public that the seven (7) days’ notice for the international Oil Companies to comply with the Extant Stevedore Regulations has been Extended till the close of work by 18:00ohrs on FrIday, 23 2021.
“This followed the Nigerian Ports Authority Management’s plea for a delayed action till Friday 23/4/21 to enable her (NPA) intervene and prevail on the lOCs to comply with the Extant Stevedore Regulations accordingly, failure of which the Union shall have no other option than to embark on a nationwide industrial action to press home its demand.”it noted .