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09 Jul 2019 | 07:00 AM UTC

Nigeria: Port workers suspend nationwide strike July 5 /update 1

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Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) suspends nationwide strike on July 5 to allow for talks; port operations return to normal

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) announced on Friday, July 5, that an indefinite strike launched by the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has been suspended and port operations have returned to normal. MWUN port workers went on strike on Wednesday, July 3, to demand the payment of all salary arrears. According to union leaders, the workers agreed to call of the industrial action to allow for talks between the government and major stakeholders. The union said the strike may be called back on depending on the outcome of the meetings during the week of Monday, July 8.


A two-week strike notice issued by the MWUN expired on June 28. Union leaders announced the indefinite strike after claiming that there was no indication that the government was addressing their issues, including the payment of over one year of outstanding wages.


Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to anticipate disruptions to port operations if the strike resumes.

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.


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