President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju has said that the least paid Dockworkers now earn N50,000 a month.
Adewale Adeyanju disclosed this while briefing a cross section of the Dockworkers at the Dockworkers’ Branch of the MWUN, on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, reached between the Terminal Operators and the Union.
The process leading to the CBA which took over six months, Adeyanju informed, was supervised by the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
According to him:
“until now the dockworkers had no employers. When there were issues, the terminal operators would refer the workers to the Stevedoring contractors in attempts to avoid liabilities.
The Stevedoring contractors on the other hand, would refer the workers back to the terminal operators. When they got sacked or lost their job to redundancy, they had no terminal and other benefits.
But what this CBA has done is to make the terminal operators accept their responsibilities to the dockworkers. Today, the dockworkers have employers and are entitled to among others, terminal, redundancy, gratuity and hazard benefits as well as pension which is statutory.”
He noted that the CBA would go a long way to improving the living conditions of the dockworkers in all ports formations across the country.