By Victor Ahiuma-Young
MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), has issued a December 29, 2009, ultimatum to the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and others,Â to settle all unpaid benefits to Dockworkers, tally clerks, on board security men and other workers or risk a nationwide industrial unrest.
The union also extended the same ultimatum to the management of Standard Flour Mills to pay severance package to benefitting Dockworkers to avoid the wrath of the union.
A communique by the leadership of MWUN after it had prevailed on the Dockworkers to suspend an indefinite strike started on last week Thursday over unpaid benefits to Tally Clerks and on board security men, said: â€œAfter serious discussions with the aggrieved dockworkers and passionate appeal to them by the national leadership, the union resolved as follows:
That the protest action which commenced, 10th December, 2009 against the unjust neglect of the affected dockworkers grievances, be suspended at 7am of 11th December, 2009 after addressing the workers. That the dockworkers minimum standard and the accrued arrears shall be paid to the tally clerks and on board security on or before 29th December, 2009.â€
â€œThat the union has exhausted her patience over the long standing issue of non payment of severance package to the dockworkers in standard flour mills and therefore demand that they be paid the severance package on or before 29th December, 2009. That the omitted dockworkers in the severance payment on the severance package list with NIMASA be paid their severance package on or before 29th December, 2009.
The leadership of the union wishes to restate in clear terms, that it shall not be held responsible/ liable for the resumption of action by the workers if the above demands are not met within the above stated time frame i.e. before 29th December, 2009.â€