The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), on Wednesday, said it will commence a nationwide strike by midnight, Tuesday 14th November, 2023.
The nationwide strike was coming against the backdrop of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) joint National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday, 7th November, 2023, directing its affiliate Unions to embark on immediate withdrawal of services and to shutting down Imo State by all public and private sectors workers indefinitely by midnight of November 7th, 2023.
This decision by the NLC and TUC is prompted by a series of infractions and encroachments on the rights of workers in Imo State and the distressing and appalling acts of violence and bloodshed inflicted upon the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero and other union officials by the Imo State government in collaboration with the Nigerian Police, Imo State Command.
In a statement signed by the President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju and President of TUC, Comrade Festus Osifo, they directed that in the event that ‘Labours’ demands are unmet, workers all over the federation shall join in withdrawing their services by midnight of Tuesday, the 14th of November, 2023.
The statement read: “MWUN as an affiliate of the NLC, its President-General, Comrade Adeyanju, directed that all members of the union should comply with the jointly signed communique to commence immediate and total mobilization to ensure MWUN participation in the nationwide strike on Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 is complied with indefinitely.”