The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) began a nationwide strike on Monday in response to unresolved concerns regarding the inadequate welfare conditions experienced by its members.
On Monday, workers in Lagos took to the streets in protest, brandishing placards to articulate the purpose of their industrial action and convey their demands to the Nigerian government.
Confirming the new development to Parallel Facts, the Public Relations Office of the Union, Comrade Oniah Erazua said the industrial action will continue until the demands of the union are met.
“Yes, the strike started today and until the demands are met, we are not backing out,” Oniah said.
According to reports “We demand a review of the shipping workers’ gratuity,” one of the placards read.
Last week, at a press briefing, the President-General of MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju directed all his members to prepare for strike action on Monday (today).
The president expressed his disappointment over the shipping companies’ persistent refusal to improve the welfare of workers, despite numerous ultimatums.
He strongly condemned the treatment of workers in the shipping industry, likening it to modern-day slavery.
In February 2022, the union staged a 14-day strike due to the International Oil Companies’ failure to comply with the existing Stevedoring Regulations outlined in Government Marine Notice 106 of 2014.
According to the union, the International Oil Companies (IOCs) had obstructed the Stevedoring Companies from accessing their platforms to initiate operations, thereby preventing registered dockworkers and stevedoring companies from working on the IOCs’ platforms as mandated by law.