Workers’ Day: Maritime workers move to resist pay cut

Adewale Adeyanju, President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)
Adewale Adeyanju, President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)

Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) says its members will not accept a pay cut from the management of any maritime company.

Its President-General, Mr Adewale Adeyanju, made this known in his May Day speech in Lagos on Friday.

Adeyanju said members of the union would not also accept the lockdown period as their annual leave.

According to him, workers cannot be made to pay for a problem they did not create.

“Comrades, most disheartening is the attempt by some management to cut the salaries, wages and allowances of our members without any probable cause.

“On this matter, we stand with the Nigeria Labour Congress who has acknowledged that in spite of the known fact that workers produce capital, they are always relegated and at the receiving end,’’ he said.

According to him, any move to deduct the salaries, wages, allowances and downsizing of Nigerian workers at this time is illogical and illegal and, therefore, must be resisted.

“We also wish to bring to the public space, the attempt by some management to cheat our members by forcing them to convert this lockdown period occasioned to their annual leave.

“The union has been informed that some managements have issued an internal memo to this effect.

“We condemn this attempt without recourse to normal consideration and processes.

“We find it strange that workers will be subjected to punishment for a situation that is entirely out of their control and this we will resist within the ambit of law,” the MWUN leader said.

Adeyanju said the union had stood in support of the industry in spite of it being hard-hit by the pandemic, saying the union would continue to protect the interest of the workers.

He added that the union’s goal had always been to support and assist its members to attain a high degree of livelihood.

“Comrades, I can assure you that we will continue to fight for the benefit of all and stand by our watchword that `an injury to one is an injury to all’.

“As labour leaders, we promise to remain on guard and jealously protect jobs, wages, income and livelihood of our members at this trying time.

“Our efforts will be focused on maintaining, respecting and improving upon existing collective bargaining agreements and all such sundry matters of job welfare,” Adeyanju said.


  1. It’s very sad and hurting to see the pains and suffering every human is facing all over the world today, due to coronavirus pandemic. inasmuch as other countries are doing everything possible to help alleviate the hardship and struggling of the masses. What has the nigerian government (Federal, States and local)done to support the hope of the common man on the street?

    cutting the average salary of the workforce is nothing too bad as a start to reduce the expenses of the budget, but if I may ask, how much of the executive, legislative and the judiciary salary had been reduced or cut to at least 70% cut? because they are useless and of no importance to the country.

    Besides, now that the oil price is almost nothing to bank on, I am sure Nigeria would learn a lesson the hard way, because this only the beginning of the future pains.

    The bottom line is, what has Nigeria government done with the whole money they had been given by donors who had sympathize with them during the outbreak of the coronavirus. and if I may ask, what have they done with the whe money recovered from Abacha, and rest of them?

    Obviously, Nigeria has no hope of survival with these kinda unpatriotic, never-do-well, good-for-nothing, recycled nincompoops who call themselves leaders.

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