Lagos - The President of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Anthony Nted, has appealed to the Federal Government to pay the salaries of maritime workers to avert an impending strike by the union.
Nted made the appeal on Sunday in Lagos while addressing dock workers, who were protesting non-payment of their eight months salaries.
He said that the workers had good reasons to protest since they were denied wages for the jobs they had done.
"Unlike the lectures who are asking for fund, the tally clerks and on-board security workers in the maritime sector are asking for their wages, for jobs that had been done.
''The day we close the nation's ports, the Federal Government will lose N600 to N700 billion daily.
"That is how productive the industry is, so we appeal to government to listen to us.
"The maritime workers union will not hesitate to down tools if the workers’ salaries are not paid."
He said the money the workers were asking for had been paid by shipping companies to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) yet there was delay in paying salaries to workers.
The unionist said that failure by the management of the NPA to honour the agreement reached with the union by the end of October, would lead to withdraw of services by maritime workers nationwide.
Nted said that the union have had a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu on the matter.