By Victor Ahiuma-Young
AHEAD of next weekâ€™s planned strike, leaders of the two unions in the nationâ€™s Maritime industry, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, and its Senior Staff Association of Communications, Transport and Corporations, SSACTAC, NPA branch, have directed their zonal leaders in the country to begin mobilisation of members for the commencement of industrial action.
Leaders of the unions who gave the directive yesterday, sources told Vanguard, had equally asked the leaders to also sensitise the public especially importers and other stakeholders who use the ports to avoid being caught unawares.
Confirming the development, President-General of MWUN, Comrade Nted Emmanuel told Vanguard on phone that, mobilisation had started before yesterday, but the union only formalised it by issuing directives to zonal and district leaders across the country to ensure that the strike had a lasting effect when it took off.
The two unions had on 29 March 2010, issued a 14-day ultimatum to the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to resolve all pending issues bothering on workersâ€™ welfare and benefits, failing which the entire sector would be shut down
They are accusing the management of, among others, non-implementation of agreed minimum standard for dockworkers, tally clerks and on-board security, non-payment of outstanding severance benefit to dockworkers, gratuity to retired NPA workers, monetization arrears, 2008 bonus and non-implementation of the new NPA condition of service for workers.