The leadership of the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has explained why members of the Union protested at the Tincan Island Container Terminal (TICT) on Tuesday.
The President-General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju said that the workers did not shut down the terminal but only showed their grievances over the delay in calling for negotiation of review of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
He said it was an annual review but because the management of TICT had not called for the meeting for the review of the present year, the workers were enraged thinking that the terminal owners were trying to evade it.
Adeyanju who disclosed that the operators have since written officially to the union, maintained that the terminal operators were not in any way running away from their responsibilities but has been delayed due to plethora of activities.
His words,”It was not shut down but there is this yearly CBA review that is generally accepted by all stakeholders but the management was unable to meet the workers on time and the workers think they want to run away from negotiation.
“It has been resolved and the workers are back to their duties.
“The meeting for the negotiation of the review of their CBA has been slated for the 14th of October, 2020.
“It is not as if the management is running away from its responsibility because there is no way they can run away from it
“I think what the workers did today was to call the attention of the management that the meeting is delaying but the management has now written officially to us for the negotiation,” he explained
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