The strike action embarked upon by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has entered the second day on Thursday as Nigerian ports remained shut down.
Impeccable sources at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) told DAILY TREND the the Authority was getting worried as to the huge losses the crisis was costing the nation at large.
The source who preferred not to be named, said that the strike would have made much sense if the striking workers Union had barricaded the multinational oil companies who have refused to pay the workers wages.
Recall that the leadership of the Maritime Workers Union had issued a two weeks ultimatum to the International Oil Companies (IOC) to pay up workers wages through the stevedoring companies. This the IOC’s refused to comply with.
According to our source “The major problem here are the big 5, the oil companies, Chevron and others, what the union ought to have done is not to shut the port, they are supposed to close down the premises of the oil companies”
“But everybody believes that shutting down the port is what will give them attention”
“The NPA is in support of the workers but now we are being affected because our ports are now being shut down and this would affect the revenue”
“The meeting continues tommoro (Today) because the IOC and the workers could not reach an agreement”
The meeting it was learnt deadlocked as both parties could not reach a formal agreement on the payment of all outstanding entitlements being owed the labour workers by the IOC’s.
The President-General of union, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju told newsmen that no headway was reached at the meeting due to the uncompromising stance of both parties.
The MWUN President-General, insisted that the meeting failed to yield positive result thus the strike will continue.