Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria suspends nationwide strike


The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has suspended its planned nationwide strike, following the release of some dockworkers arrested on Saturday by Rivers State Task Force on COVID-19.

Recall that MWUN had given the Rivers State government a 48-hour ultimatum to release about 20 dockworkers arrested on their way from essential duties in the Port Harcourt port, failing which all maritime operations across the country would be shut.

It said they were arrested on Saturday by the state COVID-19 Task Force team led by Governor Nyesom Wike and that all entreaties and explanation by the workers fell on deaf ears.

However, a statement by the President-General of MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, said the 20 dockworkers and others had resumed their normal duties at the ports.

According to him, the Presidency and other well-meaning organisations and individuals including the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, had wadded in and intervened in the crisis.