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NLC Backs MWUN Leadership

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…says no outsourcing of internal security in Maritime

Pearl Ngwama

President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Com. Ayuba Wanna, has thrown his weight behind the leadership of the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on an emphatic no to outsourcing of internal security in the Maritime Industry.

This is coming barely one week after MWUN cried out against the action of AP Moller Terminal (APMT) in outsourcing its internal security of its terminal to foreigners.
Ayuba said this while addressing the MWUN during Friday at its 5th, quadrennial National Delegates’ Conference which took place in Ikeja, Lagos.

He said “the Union will not allow lawmakers to remove minimum wage from the exclusive list.”

While lamenting on the economical hardship of workers in the Maritime Sector, he said a lot of damages have been done to organised private sector, Nigeria has one of the newest oil refineries in the world but, we are still importing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), while the AGO federal government claims to be refining in Nigeria is very much on the high price as against other developing countries.

In the same vein the President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, said the welfare of the Union is of paramount interest to him. “I will not allow any of my Union members to be cheated; l will continue to fight for them,” he said.

Adeyanju who has just been elected unopposed in an election conducted under a peaceful atmosphere with the result unanimously accepted by Union members also brought into office some other newly elected officials.

In a statement signed a week ago by the President, said that APMT had infiltrated the Nigerian Maritime Security with foreign personnel; an action which he said was capable of further contributing to breakdown of law and order in the Country

As a matter of urgency, the Union had demanded for immediate reversal of the unilateral action and status quo maintained in order to avoid any crisis in the Terminal.

“It has been correctly said that the maritime sector is the gate way to the Nigeria economy and through this means, it caters to an appreciable percentage of export and import of materials, products, foods, medicals, pharmaceuticals, constructions materials etc. It is therefore in our nation’s economic interest that stability in this sector be maintained at all times and at all levels,” the statement read in part.

While passionately expressing his dedication to Union members, Adeyanju said “more outrageous is the fact that APM Terminals has almost concluded arrangement to carry out same anti–labour practice in other departments of their organisation and deprive thousands of Nigerian workers of a means of livelihood. This is in clear negation of the federal government’s goal to create employment.

“We wish to inform the general public that APM Terminals is in this action unilateral and in clear violation of clause 3 of an existing Agreement reached between the Union and their management which states that “in the event of a further need for outsourcing in the operations, the MWUN and management of APMT will discuss and reach an agreement,” the statement added.

 

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NLC President,Comrade Ayuba Wabba

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