The Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria has issued a seven-day ultimatum to AP Miller Terminal to reverse all anti-labour policies or risk being shut down.
This is coming few days after the terminal outsourced its internal security outfit to a South African firm.
In a letter sent to the terminal on Thursday, the Secretary-General of MWUN, Felix Akingboye, said the recent practices in the terminal were at variance with labour laws of the land.
Akingboye also stated that the activities of the terminal operators and sister organisation, Maersk Line, were also inimical to the welfare of the workers.
According to him, the terminal out-sourced the security of the terminal to a South African company effective from March 18, 2021.
The MWUN scribe argued that the action contravened a clause of an existing agreement with the union.
He said the development started last year when APMT allegedly refused to replace any staff of the security department that either resigned or retired.
“Your employment of foreign expatriates to do that job, which our members have been performing creditably, is also in contravention of Clause 6 of the said agreement with the union. Reports abound of your management’s indifference to workers’ welfare.
“Arising from the above, I have been directed to issue your management a seven-day notice effective from the date of this letter within which to reverse all anti-workers activities being embarked upon by your management,” the letter read.
It was gathered that Maersk Line has also commenced similar activities, as the security department is gradually fizzling out.
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