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Dockworkers Union suspends 3-day industrial action

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has suspended its industrial
action, which had entered the third day on Friday.

The Union had embarked on a action strike on July 3, after a two-week ultimatum it
issued to the International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria to pay up wages due
to stevedores for dockworkers, based on approval of the Nigerian Ports Authority
According to the MWUN, the affected dockworkers had not been paid their
wages since the last one year.
The Union said that it had observed that other businesses connected to
the ports have had to suffer as a result of the strike, therefore making the
dockworkers to be considerate.
“We have noted with grave concern that some major stakeholders in the
industry who are not in any way involved with why the union embarked on a
strike action are adversely in their operations.”
The Union, however, noted the intervention by the Ministries of
Transportation and that of Labour and Employment, the Nigerian Ports Authority
(NPA), The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the
Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as well as the Seaport Terminal Operators of
Nigeria (STOAN) to fix a meeting of parties concerned.
On that note, the Union said that “We have decided to suspend the strike
action pending the outcome of the meeting scheduled to take place next week
between the management of the NPA, NIMASA, NSC, NNPC and the IOCs with the
leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria.”
The MWUN expressed its appreciation for the intervention by the Nigerian
Labour Congress, and other sister unions for their solidarity while the strike

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