By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Indications have emerged that Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) the nod to confront the management of AP Moller Terminals (APMT) over alleged increasing unfair labour practices, culminating to the sack of about 15 workers including unionists within the last two weeks.
President-General of MWUN, Comrade Emmanuel Anthony Nted, had last week intimidated the NLC with alleged increasing unfair and anti-workers practices of the new Managing Director of APMT.
MWUN is demanding, among others, immediate recall of all the sacked workers; an end to alleged intimidation and harassment of workers and a total re-orientation of the managing director on industrial relations practice as well as management of workers to avoid a pending industrial unrest in the sector especially APMT.
The union is also threatening to report and intimate the home office of APMT on the activities of the new managing director and would demand his withdrawal from Nigeria if the company wants to do business under peaceful industrial environment.
But the management of APMT said the grievances with labour were being resolved. The companyâ€™s General Manager, Human Resource, Mr. Bryan Morris, told Vanguard yesterday that a meeting was scheduled with the leadership of the union today to resolve all pending issues and assured all stakeholders especially clients of the company not to panic.
Vanguard gathered that leaders of MWUN in conjunction with NLC are already perfecting plans to tackle APMT and other terminal operators perceived to be indulging in unfair labour and anti-workers practices to force them to conform with the nationâ€™s statute and International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions.
Briefing NLC on the activities of the management of APMT headed by Mr. Dick, Nted said: â€œRecently, we have seen a new MD brought into the APMT organisation. The man has turned to be something else.
We are beginning to get fed up with him. He has not spent more than three months and he has embarked on massive unfair labour and anti-workers practices. We want to let you know that we may be forced to declare industrial action on the company and withdraw workers from their operation.â€