Labour

April 18, 2024

Workers of CRFFN become MWUN members

There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for the disengaged seafarers of the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line, NNSL, after 28-years of liquidation as Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has began their verification over their unpaid benefits

By Victor AhiumaYoung

THE workers of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, CRFFN, have joined the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN.

President-General of MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju has consequently inaugurated the CRFFN Unit under the union’s Shipping Branch.

He assured them of MWUN’s protection especially in the area of welfare among others, and urged the Acting Registrar of CRFFN, Mrs Chinyere Uromta to see the Council’s staff joining MWUN as an opportunity for growth.

According to him: “The CRFFN staff joining Maritime Workers Union is going to boost the arrangement of working together with the CRFFN. Whatever issues are affecting the agency, we would support her to address them.

“For us in the Maritime Workers Union, we are expanding our scope, and it is because we are good that is why everyone wants to align with us. We have transformed ourselves to a standard that we can compare ourselves to any other union in the world.

“I urge the executives of CRFFN, not be in a hurry, but to take time to study our activities, and our constitution.  They also need to understand the manner in which we engage our management because the era of banging tables and causing obstruction in the port is no longer our practice. I want you to align yourselves with the principles and ideology binding us all together.”

Adeyanju subsequently granted the new CRFFN unit a new status to become a District of the union after three months probation.

He urged the leadership of the Shipping Branch to see the CRFFN staff as a new baby, saying: “They must also learn from us, because the way we are handling our Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, might be different from theirs. We must all work together so that we don’t make mistakes.”

Speaking, the Acting Registrar, represented by the Principal Administration Officer of CRFFN, Mrs Ifezue Elizabeth,  said: “I pledge to work tirelessly to support and advocate for the right and wellbeing of all members of the Union.”