October 1, 2022

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MWUN withdraws its membership of COMTUA over breach in agreement

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has withdrawn its membership of the Council of Maritime Trade Unions and Association (COMTUA).

President General, MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday said the union was constrained to take the decision due to breach in agreement as mutually agreed to by all member unions and associations.

Part of the agreement, Adeyanju stated is to collaborate with member unions and associations to stem the negative tide of gridlock on the port access roads and to speak in unison on matters relating to the development of the maritime sector.

“Unfortunately, this understanding has been breached by the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) by their consistent action of going outside agreed limits to write frivolous petition against our members and MWUN, resulting in unwarranted Police action against our members and the subsequent embarrassment occasioned to the union – MWUN.

“This tendency of NURTW and its officials to wantonly peddle falsehood and issue unfounded petition against member Unions and association of COMTUA whom she is supposedly collaborating with, to foster solidarity has caused us immeasurable humiliation and placed us in an awkward situation which we no longer can endure.

“We therefore see no reason why we should stay in a collaboration that conflicts with the principles and processes which forms the basis for which it was set up in the first place.

“In view of the above I wish to give this notice of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria withdrawal of its membership from COMTUA, with immediate effect. We wish COMTUA well in its future endeavours,” the statement said.