Stevedores in Lagos, the Nigeria capital, were locked out of the city's docks on Wednesday (22 May) -- the third day of industrial action that has paralysed Nigeria's principal port.
SV Locked-out workers outside gates
SV Workers surround truck trying to enter dock
SV PAN locked-out workers
SV PAN armed police on docks PAN TO ship in berth "Ikeja Palm" (2 SHOTS)
SV Idle workers on dock
MV Police patrolling dock
LV Closed dock sheds
SV PAN FROM armed police patrol to another vessel at berth "River Ethipe" (2 SHOTS)
SV Seamen watching from upper decks (2 SHOTS)
LV Row of ships
SV Sacks waiting to be loaded
TRACKING SHOT - goods waiting to be loaded
Initials OS/019 OS/032
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Background: Stevedores in Lagos, the Nigeria capital, were locked out of the city's docks on Wednesday (22 May) -- the third day of industrial action that has paralysed Nigeria's principal port.
Anti-riot police maintained strict security at the dock entrances and used truncheons to disperse picketers. Police said they feared sabotage.
The 9,000 stevedores began their strike on Monday (20 May) in support of a 50 per cent pay rise and in defiance of Nigeria's anti-strike laws. Strikes and lock-outs are officially banned under Nigeria's Emergency Regulations.
About 16 ships were left idle at the port, and another four were waiting outside the harbour to dock.
While the dockers milled about outside the wharves, negotiations were going on between government officials and union leaders to settle the strike.
The Nigerian Ports Authority said substantia progress had been made in the negotiations, but gave no details. The talks were to continue the following day as the strike entered its fourth day.