Workers of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Communications Transportation and Corporation SSACTAC and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN have shelved their proposed nationwide strike expected to paralyse the nation’s port system.
The strike, which was to protest the worsening working condition of the workers and the non-completion of the renovation project for the NPA Marina headquarters office complex, awarded over three years ago, during which workers had been made to work under deplorable conditions.
President of the SSACTAC, NPA branch, Comrade Jimoh Umar who announced the temporary suspension, noted that the leaderships opted for a partial strike while they negotiate with the management of the authority.
He however said that the suspension of the action was a mark of respect to the presidency which waded into it, which also bought about the current negotiation with the management.. While insisting that the strike would go on if the negotiations fail to yield results, noted that the unions would no longer tolerate a situation where their members would be subjected to inhuman situations in the course of carrying out their statutory duties and functions.
Umar, while listing the sins of the management, the union leaders noted that apart from remaining on the same position in the last 10 years and above, adding that all entreaties to the current management headed by Mr. Habib Abdullahi to consider a review fell on deaf ears.
The leaderships of the two in house unions had therefore at the weekend notified the management in which they insisted that if their demands were not met, the workers would stay away from work with effect from Monday, August 18, 2014 to drive home their point.