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NIMASA Begins Negotiation Of New Wages For Dockworkers

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The federal government has begun process of reviewing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of dockworkers in the nation’s seaports, LEADERSHIP has learnt.

The CBA is being midwifed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the aegis  National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC).

NJIC is the body responsible for negotiating and reviewing of minimum standards for dock labour, which successfully reviewed the last CBA that elapsed on May 31, 2018. The CBA is subject to review every two years.

The chairman of the NJIC who is also the executive director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA Mr. Gambo Ahmed restated the agency ‘s commitment to the welfare of dock workers in the maritime industry.

Gambo urged the operators to bear in mind that the welfare of the dock workers would impact a lot on the ports industry and also in turn the entire economy, hence the need to ensure that they are properly catered for. “When the welfare of the dockworkers are put into proper perspective, we have a healthy maritime sector, thereby leading to the actualisation of a robust economy,” the chairman stated. 

Also speaking was the director, Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, who also corroborated the stance of the chairman of the NJIC, and said that the new agreement would demonstrate the agency’s commitment, which was in line with the theme of the 107th International Conference: “ Building a Future for the Dock Labour Industry,” in Geneva.

He also assured them that the agency has also put in place all necessary machineries towards ensuring a successful exercise in line with the provisions of the existing agreement and the demand for its review.

The chairman, Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Otunba Kunle Folarin, who represented the Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) commended NIMASA for its role in maintaining the already existing peace in the ports industry and expressed optimism that the negotiation would yield positive results as all parties involved would work as a team and ensure that no dock worker was short-changed.

Other stakeholders at the meeting were the president general of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, and the president of the National Association of Stevedoring Companies (NASC), Mr. Bolaji Sunmola, who unanimously agreed that they would all work harmoniously to sustain the peace in the industry. They also used the opportunity to assure NIMASA of their continuous support.

The NJIC is the body responsible for negotiating and reviewing of minimum standards for dock labour, which successfully reviewed the last Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that lapsed on May 31, 2018. The CBA is subject to review every two years.

The regulation of dock labour minimum standards is the statutory responsibility of the agency as enshrined in the Act, Section 27 (1) sub-sect (b) of the NIMASA Act.

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