Maritime Employees Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Authorities to compel the Worldwide Oil Firms (IOCs) over refusal to permit Stevedoring corporations and Dockworkers into their operational areas as required by legislation up to now eight years.
In a press release signed on Friday, President-Normal, and Secretary-Normal of MWUN, Adeyanju Adewale and Felix Akingboye, warned that if on the expiration of the ultimatum the Union’s demand isn’t met, all ports operations nationwide could be shut down till the demand are met.
The Union lamented the alleged silence of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC), and in the end the Federal Authorities to the non – compliance of the IOCs to extant Stevedoring rules and the Marine/Authorities Discover No. 106 on Stevedoring rules, 2014 issued by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company, NIMASA.
“We want to level out that the extant stevedoring/ marine discover is the operational pointers to all dock labour employers and personal operators of any work location together with Ports, Jetties, Onshore or Offshore Oil and Gasoline or bonded terminals, inland container depots (ICDs), off-dock terminals, dry ports and platforms. The legislation stipulates that government-appointed and NIMASA registered stevedores and Dockworkers shall be allowed entry by the IOCs to the operational areas allotted to them by the NPA.
“We want to additional draw the general public consideration to the repressive follow of the IOCs by denying our members (Dockworkers), entry to their operational areas and consequently, denying the Dockworkers the chance to earn wages. To worsen the matter, these IOCs have flooded the operational areas with aliens/foreigners on the expense of native employees and in breach of statutory rules together with the Native Content material Act, NIMASA and NPA acts that prescribe indigenising of the workforce.
“Will probably be recalled that this matter grew to become worrisome in 2018 which compelled the Union to declare a three-day nationwide strike earlier than the intervention of Ministry of Transportation which summoned a stakeholders’ assembly together with the IOCs and the Union. On the finish, a communique was reached on the right way to deal with the matter.
“It’s regrettable that up until now, the content material of the communique has not been applied. It is usually very painful and unhappy that the Federal Authorities and its businesses particularly the Ministry of Transportation and NPA, for the previous 4 years have didn’t compel the IOCs to not solely adjust to the statutory rules, however to additionally adjust to the communique reached on the stakeholders’ assembly of 2018,” the assertion learn partially.
The employees mentioned they’ve endured sufficient guarantees and the same old authorities gimmicks of ‘we’re wanting on the matter’.
“After a number of deceptions and unfulfilled guarantees, we determined to take our future in our palms. We imagine that these IOCs have somethings to cover which they don’t want Nigerians to pay attention to, and that is particularly bothersome on this period of accelerating insecurity throughout the nation.
“We have to ask why the IOCs are afraid to permit registered and permitted Stevedores and Dockworkers entry to their operational areas as prescribed by the legislation. The Federal Authorities and our members (Dockworkers) have misplaced enormous sum of cash each in income and wages.
“In view of the continued denial of our members (Dockworkers) employment alternatives by the IOCs at designated oil and fuel places with its damaging affect on the welfare of our members, along with their continued disrespect for our legal guidelines, we’re constrained to difficulty a 7 -day ultimatum ranging from right this moment Friday ninth April 2021 to the Federal Authorities, the NNPC, NPA and NIMASA, to as a matter of nationwide curiosity, instantly compel the IOCs to conform and obey the statutory rules, and in addition implement the communique earlier reached,” the assertion added.
The group mentioned additional that failure of the Federal Authorities and its businesses to compel the IOCs to adjust to the foundations on or earlier than the expiration of this seven- day ultimatum, the Union could have no possibility than to close down all types of operations on the ports, terminals, jetties and different cargo dealing with places within the nation to press residence their calls for.