The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has ordered its members to shut down all shipping company operations on Monday and to go on an indefinite nationwide strike at that time.
The planned industrial action is in response to an ongoing disagreement with shipping companies over the employees’ subpar compensation and welfare.
Prince Adewale Adeyanju, the President-General of MWUN, bemoaned on Thursday that since 2018, Organized Labor has been in a losing battle with shipping companies over the minimum standard for shipping companies regarding the welfare of workers.
He claimed that despite numerous demands and interventions from Muazu Sambo, the previous minister of transportation, the shipping companies, the majority of which are multinational, had refused to budge, expressing regret that the working conditions of the
The nation’s shipping industry employed people in conditions that were akin to modern-day slavery.
Unresolved labor disputes include the International Oil Companies’ (IOCs) refusal to follow Marine Notice 106 and current stevedoring regulations, their refusal to pay elderly seafarers’ monthly pensions despite court orders, their refusal to reinstate registered gangway security and Tally men (pooling system), the absence of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the shipping subsector, and their refusal to issue seafarers’ identity cards (SID).