Maritime Workers Threaten to Embark on Nationwide Strike

An open letter has been addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria threatening to embark on a strike if the Federal Government fails to resolve the dispute between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and the Nigerian Liquefied Gas Company within 21 days.

The letter which was dated May 6, 2013,  said, “We recognise the danger posed by the said refusal by the NLNG to meet its statutory responsibility with respect to payment of taxes and levies due from its operations; including the negative precedent as other companies may be tempted to toe the same line of action.

“Accordingly, we wish to use this medium to inform Mr. President to compel the NLNG to pay to NIMASA without further delay all accumulated three per cent levies on gross freight and two per cent surcharge due to its cabotage contracts within 21 days, failing which our union may be compelled to shut down all the ports in the federation.”

Similarly, the Trade Union Congress advised the Federal Government to exonerate itself by bringing to book all those directly or indirectly involved in the dirty deals as no company or individual was above the law of the land.


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