The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has petitioned the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Muhammed Bello-Koko over what it described as persistent refusal of APM terminals management to conclude the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation with the union.
Consequently, the union has threatened to embark on a three-day warning strike at the expiration of its extended three days strike notice on Friday.
In a petition dated 18th July, 2022 and signed by the Secretary General of MWUN, Felix Akingboye, the union said the strike notice was extended by three days to conclude negotiation with APM terminals as the union might not be able to pacify its members who have grown restive, and poised for an action.
“We are constrained to report to you the persistent refusal of the APMT management to conclude Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation with the union – Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria in spite of concerted efforts to bring negotiations to closure.
“We want to say that the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has held over four meetings with APMT management all of which ended inconclusively due to the recalcitrant posture of APMT management. Having exhausted all available means of negotiation, the union initially issued APMT management, a seven-day ultimatum which has since elapsed.
“We want to say, further Sir, that Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, being an organisation that believes in due process has extended the strike notice by another three days effective from 18th July 2022 to 6pm Thursday 21st July, 2022 to conclude negotiation, otherwise the union might not be able to pacify our members who have grown restive and poised for action.
“Consequent to the above, I am directed to notify you that Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria shall in the event of APMT management’s refusal to conclude negotiation at the expiration of the extended three days notice, shall embark on a three-day warning strike strictly in APM Terminals,” the petition reads.