THE Management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has pleaded with aggrieved members of the Dockworkers Branch of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) to shelve their planned strike and give it time to resolve the issue of unpaid wages of tally clerks, security and other colleagues who have not been paid their wages for the past one year.
Vanguard gathered that Managing Director of NPA, Alhaji Abdulsalaam Muhammed, at a meeting with the leadership of MWUN asked the leaders of the workers to do everything possible to calm the workers down and that the management would put machinery in place to ensure the issue was resolved amicably.
According to Vanguard cource, the Managing Director who is said to have travelled abroad for undisclosed reasons, pleaded with the leaders of the workers for time to enable him travel abroad and come back, and that as soon as he comes back, the issue would be resolved.
Source said because of the pleas, the planned industrial action which would have started yesterday, was put off till next week to give the Managing Director who is expected back this weekend every benefit of doubt.
Before the meeting with the Managing Director of NPA, President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Emmanuel Anthony Nted, had said the management of the NPA should be held responsible should members of the Dockworkers branch of the union make good their threat to shut ports operations over unpaid wages to their tally clerks, security and other colleagues in the past one year.