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Maritime Workers To Picket Stevedores Over Safety Equipment

Posted: Sep 8, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Maritime workers union will soon picket some stevedoring firms that lack up to date safety equipment inside the seaports, President of the Dockworkers branch of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju has warned.

Stevedoring is an occupation which involves loading and unloading of cargoes on ships. They are referred to as Longshoremen in the United States. Since the concession of Nigerian ports in 2006, more people have registered companies engaging in providing stevedores to terminal operators.

“Some service providers who work under the terminal operators at the seaports don’t have up to date safety equipment. Some don’t even have ambulance and we are going to picket some of them very soon,” Adeyanju told newsmen recently when he raised the alarm that some stevedoring companies operating inside Nigeria’s seaports don’t have ambulance.

According to him, some stevedoring contractors under the terminal operators have ambulance that is far below standard.

“We are talking about the third parties in the job chain at the seaports, the stevedoring contractors; they are the ones who are responsible for the welfare of the workers under them. Some dockworkers work with them, yet their ambulance is nothing to write home about,” he said.

He noted that the Union have noticed some of the ambulances are sub-standard and will be going about to inspect this safety equipment.

He said: “When we go around, we will then make public the names of the stevedoring contractors who operate sub-standard equipment at the seaport.”

On the implementation of payment to tally clerks recently agreed with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), he explained that some of their members are yet to get paid.

“As I am talking to you now, the tally clerks’ salaries have not been paid. We had earlier issued out a 14 day ultimatum which has elapsed, but due to the promise of the NPA management and the involvement of the Ministry of Transport then, we shelved our strike action.

“There was a communiqué which we signed with them on the payment, and that is almost a month ago, yet they have not started making payment. We are still keeping our arms crossed and will react when our patience elapses,” he said.