DOCKWORKERS WELFARE: NIMASA MIDWIFES AGREEMENT

By AMBROSE OKEHI

In a great move forward towards upgrading dockworkers’ welfare, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has midwifed the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on a revised minimum wage and improved living standard for dockworkers. The deal on “reviewed minimum standard for the dock labour industry” between the seaport terminal operators and dockworkers followed the CBA initiative endorsed by NIMASA in 2018. The agreement in that regard was recently signed at a well-attended ceremony at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos chaired by Chairman of the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC), the Agency’s Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr. Victor Ochei. Ochei, who represented the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, stated in a brief address that NIMASA was committed to the pursuit of global best practices in the design and implementation of condition

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