Labour Protest: Maritime Workers to Shut Seaports


The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) announced its decision to participate in the two-day nationwide protest organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Kennedy Ikemefuna, the Head of Media for MWUN, disclosed this in a statement released on Monday.

According to Ikemefuna, the decision to join the protest was prompted by the directive from the NLC instructing its affiliate members nationwide to participate actively in the protest.

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As a result, the MWUN deemed it necessary to adhere strictly to the directive and take part in the nationwide protest alongside other labor unions.

NLC announced the nationwide protest scheduled for on February 16, over the alleged government’s failure to implement agreements reached between both parties on October 2, 2023, following the removal of the fuel subsidy.

The decision followed the conclusion of a 14-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government to implement measures against the widespread hardship.

Ikechukwu said, “The MWUN would join the Nigeria Labour Congress’s two-day nationwide protest holding on the 27-28th of February 2024, as directed by the congress after its NEC-in-session meeting held on Monday, in Abuja, directing all its affiliate members across the nation to strictly comply.”

He added that the protest is coming against the backdrop of the Federal Government’s refusal to honour the October 2023 agreement signed with the congress.

“The congress believes that if the agreement had been honoured and implemented, it would have gone a long way to ameliorate the sufferings and hardships of the ill-conceived and ill- ill-implemented policies have brought upon Nigerian Workers and the citizenry of the country,” Ikechukwu said.

He also added that the MWUN as an affiliate of the NLC would comply with the NLC directive.