BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
ABUJA — THE Federal Government has summoned the management of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and other stakeholders to a crucial meeting today in Abuja, to find solution to this week planned strike by workers over 12 months unpaid salaries of Tally clerks, onboard security men among other grievances.
MWUN had given the management of NPA this week to pay the salaries and have other grievances resolved or the union would withdraw workers from all ports formations across the country and shut down the sector.
It was gathered that before the invitation for the meeting, the union had perfected plan to begin an indefinite strike by Wednesday.
The planned to down tools by Wednesday was sequel to the extension of an earlier 14 days ultimatum issued on June 12, following the intervention of the Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu.
Following the intervention, the union extended the ultimatum with another 14 days to enable NPA and others involved to sort out the issues.
Leaders of the union lamented that since the extension which expires today, the management of NPA allegedly refused to talk with them, pay the workers or resolve other grievances.
Getting wind of the resolved of the union to down tools this week, the Federal Government through the Minister of Labour summoned the workers and other stakeholders including officials of the Ministry of Transport for the crucial meeting for today in an effort to abort the industrial action.