The NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Waba.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given the federal government through the ministry of transportation an ultimatum to resolve the lingering misunderstanding between the Maritime Workers and the International Oil Companies over the non-engagement of stevedores and dockworkers on oil platforms and the fact that two weeks time period given to the IOCs to comply with the extant law is almost expiring.
In a letter signed by the NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Waba and copied to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), the workers body quoted the relevant sections, the NIMASA notice of 2207, and a Government maritime notice 106 of 2014 of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria on the matter to buttress their point. The notice 106 is a law that is in tandem with the article 3 (2) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Dock Work Convention 137 which Nigeria ratified in 2004.
Com. Adewale Adeyanju, President-General of MWUN.
The letter deplored the disobedience of the extant stevedoring regulations and the maritime law of the country by the IOCs and the fact that the agreement reached on the 28th of February has not been endorsed by the IOCs for implementation. The letter also referred to some of the measures earlier adopted to resolve the matter which have not moved the IOCs to obey the laws, cases in point are the 3-day warning strike action and the 14 days notice of strike action in April of 2021, the meeting in June of 2021 on the same matter and the fact that the last ultimatum given on a strike action expired on the 28th of February without the Workers’ Union embarking on the proposed strike action as they listened to the calls of Nigerians to shed the planned service withdrawal action.
The letter concludes that the inability of the IOCs to ratify the agreement reached on the 28th of February preparatory to employing the guidelines of the maritime laws of the country may lead to the members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria to take the step of the withdrawal of services and that any action taken by the affiliate body will be fully supported by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
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