The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for the immediate intervention of Federal Ministry of Transportation in the face-off between International Oil Companies (IOCs) and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).
Ayuba Wabba, NLC President in the letter dated 4th July 2019 and addressed to Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation titled: ‘Re: Two weeks notice to prevail on the management of the International Oil Companies to pay Government appointed Stevedoring Contractors Stevedoring/Cherges that accrue to Dockworkers’.
“We bring you fraternal greetings from the Nigeria Labour Congress.
“I write to bring to your attention a complaint by one of our affiliate unions, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) vide letters to your office dated 11th June, 2019, reference number MWUN/PS/FMT/TWN/2019 and a follow up letter dated 27th June, 2019 and with reference number MWUN/PS/FMT/R/TWN/2019, all on the above subject matter.
“In the letters under reference, MWUN complained that International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating both on-shore, off-shore and in Nigeria’s ports cum jetties have refused to process and pay the invoices from stevedoring contractors servicing the nation’s ports.
“This has resulted in the failure of stevedoring contractor firms to pay their workers many months of salaries/wages.
“This has led to the death of many dockworkers given the denial of the means to access healthcare.
“Consequent upon the elapse of a two weeks ultimatum which was communicated to your office vide the letters under reference, MWUN has declared a strike action.
“This strike action could have been easily averted if steps were taken to diligently engage the issues raised by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria.
“In order to avoid further escalation of this industrial dispute and in the interest of peace and harmony, we urge your office to intervene expeditiously in this matter.
“We expect a meeting between your office, MWUN leadership, and relevant stakeholders involved in this issue in order to resolve this matter and move the maritime industry forward.
“While we look forward to your due diligence on this, please accept the renewed assurances of our highest esteem,” the letter seen by Citywide Multimedia read.