MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has begun a series of training programmes for its members for improved industrial relations and efficiency. The first batch of the training was held between last week and this week in Lagos, Port Harcourt/Onne, Warri and Calabar zones of the union.

Speaking at the commencement of the training in Lagos, noted that some of the identified training needs of the workers in the sector included orientation course, skill acquisition, specialised mandatory courses, refreshal courses/advanced skill acquisition and leadership training.

He decried the attitude of employers to the training of staff, stressing that the leadership of the union had been impressing it on the terminal operators and other employers in the industry for the training of Dockworkers and other staff for quite a long time to no avail.

According to him: “We however wish to acknowledge the efforts of the few employers/agencies who have in collaboration with the union and on their own embarked in these staff training. We believe they will continue to reap the benefit of their investments on training. While urging the employers to step up and embrace the training of staff, the leadership of our union in its determined effort to foster improved industrial peace and efficiency in the workplace, embarked on both local and overseas training of its officers. Today marks the official commencement of our union’s nationwide continued training of its officers and members.

The current training which is a two-day workshop

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