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Maritime Workers vow to shut nation’s Seaports during Labour protest

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has vowed to shut down the nation’s seaport in line with the two days nationwide protest called upon…

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has vowed to shut down the nation’s seaport in line with the two days nationwide protest called upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

NLC had announced that its members and affiliate unions were mobilising for a two-day national protest on February 27th and 28th.

It said the action was planned as a result of the federal government’s failure to implement all the agreements signed with the union in October 2023.

Rising from an emergency meeting held at its headquarters in Lagos, the leadership of MWUN said it would join NLC to protest the current hardship and hunger ravaging the country.

In a statement issued on Monday, Comrade John Kennedy Ikemefuna, head of media, MWUN, said if government had honoured the agreement, that would have gone a long way to ameliorate the sufferings occasioned by “the ill- conceived and ill- implemented policies brought upon Nigerian Workers and the citizenry”.

“The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) under the leadership of Comrade (Prince) Dr. Adewale Adeyanju, will join the Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC) 2-Day Nationwide Protest holding on the 27-28th, ( Tuesday and Wednesday) of February, 2024, as directed by the Congress after its NEC-In-Session meeting held on Monday, 26 February 2024 in Abuja, directing all its affiliate members across the nation to strictly comply.

“The protest is coming on the backdrop of the Federal government’s refusal to honour the October 2, 2023 Agreement signed with the Congress.

“However, the Congress believes that if the Agreement had been honoured and implemented, it would have gone a long way to ameliorate the sufferings and hardships of the ill- conceived and ill- implemented policies have brought upon Nigerian Workers and the citizenry of the Country.

“In view of this, MWUN as an affiliate of the Nigeria Labour Congress would in totality comply with the NLC directive,” he said.

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