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Maritime workers to shut ports over unpaid salaries-Union

President General, MWUN, Tony Nted
The Maritime Workers Union of
Nigeria on Monday threatened to shut down seaports on Friday if the Nigerian
Ports Authority failed to pay six months outstanding salary arrears to its

The President-General of the
union, Mr Tony Nted, gave the threat in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Nted said the workers, including
tally clerks and on-board security men were aggrieved over the unpaid salaries.

He said, “This is now about the
workers, who have been owed salaries even after NPA promised to pay long before

“In frustration, the workers
attacked the zonal office of the union, saying the union had not pursued their
payments vigorously.

“We are just lucky that people
were not injured.

“However, they made their
grievances known to the NPA and threatened to shut the ports by Friday if
payments are not made.

“NPA has been promising to pay,
but now they refused to pay.”

The Public Affairs Manager of NPA,
Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, told the aggrieved workers to meet their employers.

He said the NPA would prefer to
deal directly with stevedoring companies, who should in turn attend to their
workers, rather than the NPA dealing with the dockworkers.
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