MWUN moves against firms over unpaid wages

THERE are strong indications that Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, any moment from now may  make good its threat to shut down the nation’s ports over unpaid wages to dockworkers by about 21 firms for tonnage handled in off_shore operations for the past three years.

The firms are  Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Chevron/Texaco, Agip Energy & Natural Resources, Lammalco Nigeria Ltd, Murphy Shipping , Globestar Nigeria Ltd, Hyundai Heavy Industry Nigeria Ltd, ESSO Exploration Production Nigeria ltd,  NAOC, TIDEX , Seabulk off shore, Saipem group , Wilbross , Moni Pulo Nigeria Ltd, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited ADDAX Petroleum Development Nigeria Ltd, Amni Petroleum, SNEPCO Ltd, Hydrodive Nig Ltd, Red Transport Nigeria Ltd and Edison Chouset offshore Ltd.

An official of the which two weeks ago issued a two-week ultimatum to the Management of NPA to impress it on the affected companies to pay their indebtedness to the workers or the entire ports across the country would be shut in solidarity with the dockworkers, told Labour Vanguard. He lamented that the aggrieved workers had been passing through untold hardships and suffering and the union had resolved to address it.

President-General of MWUN, Comrade Nted Anthony Emmanuel, had at the briefing said though Mobil Producing, Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria, Chevron/Texaco, and Amni Petroleum had indicated interest to pay, but as at the time of this report, they had not paid.

An official of the union told Vanguard Tuesday that the union had concluded preparation for the industrial action and was waiting for the arrival of the President-General who went to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend this year’s International Labour Organisation, ILO Conference and said only payment of the wages would stop the planned strike.

NASU urges NUT to broaden membership base

GENERAL Secretary of Non-Academic Staff of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, has challenged the Nigeria Union of Teachers ( NUT) to unionise teachers in private schools and missionary schools.

NASU scribe who spoke at the NUT’s delegates conference in Asaba, Delta state, noted that though the NUT remains the most populous affiliate of the NLC, it still needs to recruit more members.  He commended the immediate past president of the union, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar for sustaining internal unity and cohesion  in the union.

CAC workers join AUPCTRE, elect officers

STAFF of Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, have joined the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, an affiliate  of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, just as they elected officers to  run the branch.

Joining the mainstream of the Labour Union, Staff of the Corporate Affairs Commission will now have a sense of relief as the new Executive Committee will now struggle to improve the welfare and the conditions of service of  the staff.

Elected to run the affairs of CAC AUPCTRE are Comrade Yusuf Dauda Buba, Chairman, Comrade Stephen Bivan, Vice Chairman, while the Treasurer is Comrade Shamsuddeen Umar Jongur.  Elected Secretary is Comrade Ibrahim M.I. Kirfi; Assistant Secretary is Comrade Aminu Bakori Mohammed; Financial Secretary is Comrade Sunday Abimuku Labaran among others.

The election was supervised by officials of NLC and AUPCTRE.

Speaking after the election, the Chairman-elect, Comrade Dauda Buba said, “I thank Allah for making it possible for us to see this historic occasion. My appreciation goes to the wonderful staff of the Commission for your support and confidence bestowed on us.

Indeed, we are really indebted to you. Therefore, we will indefatigably pursue your interest with vigour, passion and enthusiasm. We are assuring you that we will represent you adequately and will not shirk our responsibility. We will uplift your welfare and working conditions to a greater height. Thank you plenty for the wonderful support. I love you all”.

AUPCTRE organizing Secretary, Comrade Adekeye Johnson described the process as a dream come true against the backdrop that it took them well over ten years to bring staff of CAC into the mainstream of the NLC.

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