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MWUN suspends industrial action against port terminal operator…says some demands met, others pending

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has suspended its three-day warning strike against the APM Terminals Apapa.

The Union, which began the strike leading to the terminal being shut down since Wednesday, said that its negotiations with the APMT management had yielded some results, while they await some others.

This is contained in a statement on Friday, signed by the President General of the Union, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju.

The statement reads in part: ” Arising from the resumption of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiated between the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria(MWUN) and the management of the APM Terminals, today Friday 22nd July, 2022, culminating in the review of the CBA upwards, while some other issues related to the condition of service is still ongoing, the MWUN wishes to announce to the general public the suspension of the strike that is initiated against APM Terminals Apapa, Lagos.”

The Union used the opportunity to thank the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr.  Mohammed Bello- Koko, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), for their prompt intervention that made possible the resumption of talks between the Union and the APM Terminals Apapa.

The Union, however, used the medium to insist on improvement of the welfare of its members working for the company.

“We want to use this medium to further enjoin the management of APM Terminals to desist forthwith from subjecting our members to actions that are deemed as anti-union and inhumane.

The MWUN will also not sit idly by if APM Terminals continues to use foreigners for jobs that Nigerians are eminently qualified for, as they currently do. This we will resist at all cost,” the MWUN stated.

The Union thanked its members for the maturity displayed while the industrial action lasted at the port terminal.

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