Labour strike paralyses Lagos ports

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NLC Strike

The 7-day warning strike embarked upon by organised labour on Thursday led to the shutting down of Nigeria’s busiest seaports – the Lagos Port Complex Apapa and the Tin Can Island Port Complex. 

The strike action affected marine services, cargo inspection and cargo delivery services at the port. 

Officials of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), which is an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) stormed the premises of the ports on Thursday morning to enforce the strike by stopping workers and port users from entering the facilities. 

The offices of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) were also affected by the industrial action, which was called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) to press home their demand for review of the national minimum wage.