Dockworkers in Nigeria will now enjoy a 60 per cent increase in wages and salaries under a new structure that recently came into effect with the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and other stakeholders in the maritime sector. Under the new structure, dockworkers will earn an average of N150,000 a month compare to N10,000 earned prior to the concessioning of the Port in 2016.
Under the CBA, workers enjoy an increase in their wages, allowances, certain emoluments and benefits, which include payment of redundancy and retirement benefits by terminal operators to aged dockworkers, payment of specified allowances to a deceased dock worker’s next of kin and pension contribution scheme for dock workers amongst other items listed in the agreement. This development is good news for the maritime sector in Nigeria as the improvement in the living conditions of the dockworkers will have a positive impact on service delivery at the ports.
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