Cargo evacuation out of the Apapa Port complex was on Thursday disrupted indefinitely after Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), shutdown the premises of largest container terminal in Nigeria, APM Terminals over anti-labour activities.
It was gathered that the terminals allegedly breached the National Joint Industrial Agreement (NJIC) signed with the union by employing foreigners on a job that can be successfully done by Nigerian workers.
In a chat with journalists, the President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju confirmed that the union can no longer tolerate anti-labour activities of multinational companies, expecially APM Terminals operating in the nation’s maritime sector.
According to him, APM Terminals and her sister company, Maersk line bring in workers from tiny West African countries such as Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana to takeover jobs that can be done by Nigerians in the companies.
He said, “It has to do with anti-labour practice going on in APM Terminal, Apapa. The jobs Nigerians can do are being given to foreigners from other West African countries such as Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana.
When asked when they will end the strike, he said it will be indefinite until the terminal call for a roundtable meeting to resolve the grey areas identified by the union.
His words, “The white man heading the terminal has no regard for Nigerians, we are in our father’s land and yet he would be calling us sort of names, this is too bad.
“Immigration should check what their work permit says, you cannot just come into this country as an expatriate, you must have your work permit.”
“We are going to all the multinational companies that do such act. We have qualified Nigerians who can handle most of these departments but they prefer to bring people from outside the country.
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