BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has advised operators and other ports users in Nigeria to conclude all business transactions before the planned nationwide strike over N18.000 new minimum wage, saying “the ports will be shut during the industrial action.”
President-General of MWUN, Comrade Anthony Nted, in a statement weekend, said as affiliate of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Maritime workers would “comply totally with the strike once it begins and that the ports will remain shut until national leaders of NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, say otherwise.”
Comrade Nted who is also a Vice President of NLC, condemned state governors for attempting to draw back the hand of the clock by giving conditions for payment of the N18.000 wage after participating in all the processes that brought about the new wage.
He wondered why governors who swore to defend the nation’s constitution and maintain law and order would turn around to be instigating anarchy in the country by refusing to obey the Minimum Wage Act passed by the National Assembly and signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan since March 15, 2011.
Comrade Nted called on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on government at all levels to pay the new minimum wage and save the nation from avoidable industrial crisis that would do nobody any good.
According to him, “the minimum wage is a law and any governor who does not want to obey the law should resign. The governors were part of the processes that brought about the N18.000 minimum wage. They do not have any excuse not to implement”.