Maritime workers shutdown APM Terminal, Apapa, over anti-labour activities

Both the entry and exit gates of the APM Terminals (APMT), Apapa were on Thursday shut to businesses by angry dockworkers under the aegis of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) over what they regarded as anti-labour activities of the Lagos container port operator.

The placard-carrying workers accused the terminal operator of flagrant abuse and breach of Nigerian content law.

Recall that the union, had last week, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the concessionaires, asking them to reverse their plans to outsource security work of the terminal to foreigners.

The workers had warned that failure to respond to the ultimatum, the operations of the terminal would be grounded.

The union, therefore, made good its threat on Thursday morning when aggrieved workers blocked all entrances to the terminal even as they turned back staff from gaining entry into the facilities.

Present at the gates of APMT were the members of the union and the executives, carrying placards with inscriptions such as “We say no to racism; “We say no to the scrapping of any department in our terminal,” among others.

The atmosphere was still tense at the time of filing this report as the workers said there was no going back until the terminal reverses to the status quo ante.

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