Maritime workers suspend 3-day-old strike

The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Saturday said that it had suspended its three-day-old strike which had paralysed activities at the nation’s ports.

This is contained in a communique issued in Lagos and jointly signed by Mr Olumide Oduntan, Executive Director, Finance, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the President-General of the MWUN, Mr Anthony Nted.

The communiqué made available to SHIPS & PORTS said that the agreement was reached after a meeting between the representatives of NPA and MWUN on Saturday on Victoria Island, Lagos.

According to the communiqué, all outstanding payments to tally clerks and on board security men are now top priorities that will be paid as soon as the Treasury Single Account (TSA) issues have been resolved.

It further said, “All statutory payments to NPA and charges due to stevedoring contractors on MV Hawk that berthed midstream at Bonny must be paid before the vessel is allowed to sail.”

The MWUN, which commenced a nationwide strike on Thursday, was protesting the non-payment of tally clerks and onboard security men in the last nine months. 

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