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MWUN suspends industrial action against APMT, to go after erring terminal operators.

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Segun Oladipupo

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has suspended it’s protest against the management of AP Moller Terminal (APMT).

The President General of the union, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju disclosed this during a working visit to the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hasan Bello on Friday, in Lagos.

Recall that the union had on Thursday shut down the terminal over what it described as anti labour activities.

Adeyanju, while speaking with newsmen on the sideline, reiterated that aside the protest against APMT’s anti labour activities, the union would soon engage other terminal operators who are bent on treating Nigerian workers with disdain and disrespecting the laws of the country.

He added that APMT was just used as a scapegoat for other terminals to learn even as he threatened to go after erring one very soon.

Adeyanju said, “What we have done at APMT for almost two days is part one, part two is coming.

“Part two will be between me, the union and the erring terminal operators, who are bent on disrespecting the laws of this land. We only used APMT as a scapegoat for others to learn.

He also assured stakeholders in the maritime sector that union is not a weak group but a law abiding body that has what it takes to protect workers and their welfare.

He also frowned at the multinationals engagement of  expatriates on job description adding that Nigerians has what it takes to do better than their foreign counterparts.

According to him the union would engage the Minister of Interior on the need to scrutinize the foreigners who hide under the guise of working in Nigeria without the requisite documents.

Adeyanju called on the Nigerian government to look inwards by beaming it searchlight on foreigners and their work permit expiration date, noting that the Nigerian Immigration Service and other agencies on foreign affairs should work round the clock to put the expatriates in check.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello ,lauded the efforts of the union for the scientific approach in the industrial action against APMT.

According to Bello, the Council and the union would work assiduously to sustain the peace and harmony that have existed in port operations, pointing out that the terminal operator has allegedly refused to abide by the laws of the land.

Bello’s words, “Nobody should come to Nigeria and disrespect us. We support the union for putting  the terminal operator to order . We have rules and regulations, we have laws and we have sanctions and nobody should come to our country and take us for a ride.

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