Maritime Workers Suspend Strike

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called off its scheduled nationwide strike, originally set to begin on Tuesday (today). All members have been instructed to resume their regular work routines.

This decision comes after the union’s earlier notice on January 4, expressing grievances against International Oil Companies (IOCs) and Stevedoring Contractors for not adhering to existing laws in the sector for the past three years, despite various communiques from stakeholders.

However, MWUN decided to suspend the strike following a new communiqué signed on Monday, ensuring full compliance with Stevedoring Regulations by operators in the petroleum industry, which addresses the union’s concerns. As a result, the seaports will remain open, contrary to the previous strike warning.

A statement by the President-General of MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, through the MWUN’s Head of Media, John Ikemefuna, said resolutions by stakeholders at Monday’s meeting noted that “though the IOCs have substantially complied with the deployment of Labour, the matter of equipment deployment is to be examined within the next three months.

“Meeting will be facilitated within one week by the relevant regulators and the marginal field operators and all other non-compliant operators to ensure immediate compliance with the Stevedoring Regulations and granting of access to appoint Stevedores.

“Full resolutions of all issues relating to compliance and grants of access to work locations to Stevedores by location operators be sorted out between now and the end of January.

“While these actions are being taken, the earlier communiqué reached Friday, the 5th of January, be immediately implemented as the mark of good faith.

“Based on the above resolutions, the Union has decided to lift the impending shutting down of the nation’s seaports.”


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