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Maritime workers protest non-payment of gratuity

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The Association of Maritime Workers Union, yesterday, staged a peaceful protest against non-payment of benefits to 633 of their members by the Integrated Logistic Services (INTELS).

Chairman, Senior Staff Maritime Workers Union, INTELS/AMS Branch, Mr. Sunday Atakpo, however, appealed to both Federal and state governments and the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) to intervene in their plights. 

Atakpo made the appeal during a protest organised by the group at the INTELS premises in Onne, Rivers State.

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According to him, 633 out of 700 members of their union working for the firm in Nigeria were placed on redundancy without payment of their benefits.

He noted that the members, who have worked for 23 years with AMS under INTELS, were placed on redundancy without following the condition of service.

Similarly, the Chairman of Junior Staff of INTELS Association of Maritime Services, Mr. Tunde Bolaji, also added that the workers were protesting because 90 per cent of them were placed on redundancy without benefits even after serving for 10 years.

Bolaji said that the company’s system of calling back workers after redundancy is contrary to Labour law.


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