Terminal operators and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria have signed the National Joint Industrial Council agreement for dockworkers.
During the event which took place at the Lagos office of the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Mr. Gambo Ahmed, assured stakeholders of the agency’s commitment to the creation of a friendly working environment in and around the ports.
He said, “There is a need for understanding between the workers and employers in the industry, especially during this period of economic recession where everyone needs to be accommodating.”
Also speaking at the event, the Chairperson, Seaport Terminals Operators Association of Nigeria, Vicky Haastrup commended NIMASA for ensuring that peace and harmony exists among stakeholders at the ports.
“Nigeria has never had it so good; the atmosphere in and around the ports has made it conducive for everyone to carry out their business and this is because NIMASA has always brought the issues of welfare of dockworkers to the front burner,” she stated.
The President-General of MWUN, Anthony Nted, said that NIMASA should be commended for the new harmonious working relationship between terminal operators and workers in the ports, stating that the MWUN was willing to abide by the signed agreement.
The agreement, which is for a period of two years, is intended to ensure industrial peace in the industry as it encompasses fair treatment of dockworkers, by ensuring that every employee gets an employment letter and a package as terminal benefits when their contract expires.