MWUN flays INTELS, AMS over sack of 624 dockworkers
• As panel orders payment of entitlements
The President-General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Adewale Adeyanju, has described as unfair labour practice, the sacking of 624 dockworkers by Integrated Logistics Services Limited, (INTELS) and Associated Maritime Services (AMS).
This is just as the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP), has ordered INTELS and AMS, to pay the full entitlements, including gratuities and terminal benefits of the 624 sacked dockworkers.
The workers were sacked by INTELS and its subsidiary, AMS between November 2020 and June 2021.
In a statement, Adeyanju, noted that the IAP, in accordance with the provision of Section 13(2) of the Trade Dispute Act CAP T8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, after looking into the dispute, and making about eight findings, ruled: “That all the contract staff/ employees seconded by the 3rd party (AMS) to the 2nd party (INTELS) under their labour management contract namely; 599 contract staff affected by redundancy exercise conducted on November 30th 2020, eight contract staff affected by redundancy exercise conducted on 2nd February 2021, and 17 contract staff affected by the redundancy exercise conducted on June 15, 2021, are employees of the 2nd party; Intels Nig. Ltd.”
He quoted their letter dated September 13, 2021, by Director, Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations, Mrs O. U Akpan, on behalf of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.
The letter further stated that “All the contract employees seconded by the 3rd party under their labour management contract namely: 599 contract staff affected by the redundancy exercise conducted on November 30th 2020, contract staff affected by redundancy exercise conducted on 2nd, April 2021 and 17 contract statt affected by redundancy exercise conducted on June 15, 2021, by 2nd and 3rd parties, are each entitled to be paid extra gratuity in addition to their terminal benefits by the 2nd party through the 3rd party; forthwith.
“The mode of calculation of extra gratuity to be paid by the 2nd party through the third party shall be a. N300, 000.00 (three hundred thousand naira) for each completed year of service to redundant workers who have completed five (5) years of service and above; N1, 500,000 (one million five hundred thousand naira) lump – sum to redundant staff/workers who have completed 1-4 years of service; forthwith.
“Redundant workers with less than one year, but who have spent a minimum of six months in service shall be paid on a prorated basis, forthwith. The contractual relationship between the 2nd and 3rd parties still subsists in all matters relating to and concerning this Award in the proceedings.
“The practice where an employer obtains a restraining order against a strike by its workers and proceeds, during the subsistence of the restraining order, to declare the restrained workers redundant and terminated is nothing but an unfair labour practice. The 2nd and 3rd parties thus in the conduct of redundancy exercises of 2nd April 2021, and 15th June 2021 engaged in unfair labour practice.”