MWUN warns against harassment of members as FG agencies allegedly invade five shipping companies
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has condemned the alleged invasion of five some shipping companies and the harassment of its members working in those companies.
President General of the Union, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, in a statement on Monday, warned that should the invasion of the work places of members of the Union continue, they would resort to industrial action to express their displeasure against any form of injustice.
The statement reads “I wish to bring to the general public the sudden and shocking invasion of five shipping companies by agents who claim to be from the Federal Committee on Competition and Consumer Protection, today Monday, 18th October, 2021.
“We have been informed that agents from the Federal Committee of Competition and Consumer Protection escorted by heavily armed Policemen and Army personnel, invaded the work premises of our members in Cosco Shipping, Hullyblyth, CMA/CGM, LANSAL and Hapad Lyod, and proceeded to unleash mayhem on innocent working members of the union.
“They seized their personal phones without any justification and held them hostage against their will and refused them movement outside their various offices.
“While we are not against government agencies doing g their work, we believe that laid down procedures should be followed. Our enquiries at the Shippers’ Council, which is the regulating agency for shipping companies indicate that they were not I formed nor aware of this invasion of our members’ work places.
“Secondly, we do not also believe that any category of workers should be subjected to this inhuman treatment without just cause or prior information.
“Finally we ask that this invasion of our work places and the keeping of our members hostage be immediately discontinued and investigated by appropriate authority for the sake of industrial harmony in the ports. Note that should this kind d of invasion of our work places continue without due process, the Union will be forced to withdraw the services of its members. “