The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) under the aegis of its President Com. Adewale Adeyanju has directed all its members to return to work today Thursday, 16th November, 2023.
This follows the decision by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to suspend the nationwide strike in the wake of a constructive meeting on Wednesday involving representatives from the NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr Nuhu Ribadu, in Abuja.
According to a press statement issued by the head of media MWUN Kennedy Ikemefuna, he said the meeting was held in the NSA’s office, where Mr Ribadu affirmed the position of organised labour with an appeal to put into consideration the plea of the Federal Government to suspend the nationwide industrial strike.
The statement added that, “it was on this premise that Comrade Adeyanju, who is the Deputy President of NLC had to suspend the nationwide strike after the joint meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC and TUC was also held today the 15th of November, 2023”.
The NSA had promised to properly wade into the imbroglio between Labour and government and to see how the protracted demands of the Congress will come to an amicable closure.
Mr Ribadu also promised to meet with the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to find lasting solutions to the plight of workers in the state , while disclosing that two of the hoodlums, who assaulted and dehumanised the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero have been arrested and would be prosecuted accordingly.
The Deputy President of the NLC, however, gave kudos to the leadership of the Organised Labour and commended all affiliate Unions over their concerted effort towards the success of the strike action.
In the same light, the Maritime number one Labour leader reiterated his directive that all workers and members of the MWUN should resume work by Thursday; while discussion with the Federal Government will be on-going.