Court restrains NURTW from collecting haulage fees from maritime workers
The National Industrial Court (NIC) sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) from collecting dues, tolls or other payments from truckers engaged by clearing and forwarding agencies.
The court ruled that MWUN is the sole union to collect all payments from workers engaged by clearing and forwarding agencies for the purpose of haulage of containerised goods.
The ruling followed a suit instituted by MWUN against NURTW, seeking, among others, a perpetual injunction restraining NURTW and it members from demanding fees, dues, tolls or any payment from it members.
In a judgement delivered by Justice Z.M. Bashire on November 25, 2020, in the suit NICN/PHC/12/2015, the court granted all the prayers of the claimant (MWUN) against the defendant (NURTW) on union membership and the payment of levies or union dues.
According to the judgement: “The court makes a declaration that the claimant’s members, whether of its haulage unit or otherwise, not being members of the defendant, are not within the control of the defendant’s trade union and thus not liable to pay union dues, fees, tolls, or any fee of whatsoever nature to the defendant or its members.
“A declaration that the defendant cannot in law compel members of the claimant (whether of its haulage unit or otherwise) to become members of the defendant.
“An other of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant either by itself, agents, privies, officers, staff, workers or whosoever and by whatsoever name so called acting or purporting to act on its behalf from harassing or molesting members of the claimant (whether of its haulage unit or otherwise ) either along the highways or any roads constructed by any of the tiers of government in Nigeria.”