Strike: NPA Management bows to demand for promotions

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NPA Managing Director, Malam Habib Abdullahi

…May delay discussion on conditions of service 

The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) may have bowed to the demands of its workers, in a bid to avoid a strike action, in the nation’s ports.

Speaking on the outcome of the meeting which held on Friday, NPA Senior Staff Association President, Comrade Omeiza Umar, told the Maritime First, that management has agreed to workers demands, in respect of all the delayed / accumulated workers promotions.

While other grey areas, particularly those involving conditions of service, would now be reviewed by the NPA Board of Directors, to enable a broad base consideration and agreement.

“The issue of promotions has now been resolved”, Umar stated on phone, on Sunday, while giving insights, into the outcome of the workers/ management meeting that held on Friday.

He expressed satisfaction with the intervention of the Presidency, mentioning that but for the intervention, the country’s ports would have been paralyzed by now.

A member of the management who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the management bowed to the workers’ demands as a result of wiser counsel, from above, and not necessarily because it was afraid of the workers.

“Let’s just say wiser counsel prevailed”, he stated, adding that while the wiser counsel was “from above”, he would however not eliminate the fact that the deliberation on conditions of service, may not hold on time.

“Management was warned against allowing any kind of strike now”, he stated further. 

It would be recalled that workers’ threat to embark on an indefinite strike action, was slated to commence Monday, last week; and was truncated as a result of a timely intervention by the Presidency, which also ordered the management to resume negotiations with the workers’ in-house Unions leaderships, in a bid to avoid crisis in the port.

Subsequently, two meetings were held, one on Tuesday and the second on Friday, after which it was finally agreed, that disagreements in respect of delayed / accumulated promotions must be released, immediately. While other grey areas, particularly those involving conditions of service, be looked into by the NPA Board of Directors, to enable a broad base consideration and agreement. 

The workers, according to Comrade Umar were aggrieved because some of them had stayed on the same spot, for as long as eight or 10 years; a development he insisted the workers could no longer condone.