The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has issued a directive for workers to commence an indefinite nationwide strike from Monday.
This comes as a result of a prolonged disagreement with shipping companies regarding the inadequate remuneration and welfare of employees. The directive mandates workers to cease all operations of shipping companies until further notice.
During a briefing on Thursday, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, the President-General of MWUN, expressed his disappointment regarding the ongoing struggle between Organised Labour and shipping companies since 2018. Despite their efforts, no progress has been made on establishing a minimum standard for the welfare of workers in the shipping industry.
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He stated that despite numerous ultimatums and interventions from the former Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo, multinational shipping companies have refused to comply. He expressed concern that the working conditions of workers in the shipping industry are akin to modern-day slavery.