- As NPA Boss Assures Workers of Improved Welfare
Seafarers working with the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Wednesday protested over a 50 per cent cut in their salaries.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the protest was a reaction to a mail sent to them by the company mandating all Seafarers to sign and comply with the cut within seven days or risk losing their jobs.
Condemning the drastic salary slash which is to take effect from September 1, and the manner at which they were informed, they described the act as being unjust, inhumane and partial.
They argued that against the reasons of economic realities by the company for the salary slash, they also have to contend with the increase in the means of livelihood and the current level of inflation in the country.
A representative of the workers, Mr Titus Aligwe, said the Seafarers of other nationalities within NSML were affected by only 20 per cent cut, which means giving them better consideration above indigenous staff.
He said that the Seafarers of other nationalities which includes Indians, Pakistanis, Russians, Croatians, among others were also challenging the wage cut.
Aligwe further disclosed that their office based colleagues at NSML, NLNG and Bonny Gas Transport (BGT) were not affected at all. The seafarers explained that the proposed 50 per cent salary cut would subject them to earn far below their other counterparts in other companies.
Also speaking to NAN, Mr Peter Tobori explained that rather than salary cuts, they deserved an upward wage review which the company has failed to live up to its mandate since its inception in 2009.
In the meantime, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has assured workers of the organisation of improved welfare by her management.
She said this was with a view to achieving optimal results in the NPA’s operations by way of boosting the revenue generation there in.
Usman made this statement recently when she led the management team in hosting the two House Unions of the Global Maritime Union who paid her a familiarisation visit at the Corporate Headquarters of the organisation Marina, Lagos.
In her address, she welcomed the union’s representatives led by Comrade Benson Adegbeyemi, President Senior Staff Maritime Workers and solicited for their unflinching support at all times .
She said the management cannot work in isolation to achieve set out targets and objectives, hence the need for a peaceful synergy by both parties.
Assuring the union representatives that management was going to look into staff welfare, she urged workers to shun falsehood meddling, but work in unison with management at improving the revenue of the organisation by way of blocking leakages by unscrupulous elements.
Adegbeyemi in his response assured the Managing Director of the support from both unions in assisting management achieve its dream of improved services as well as making the nation’s ports a bride to all.
He admonished the Managing Director to take urgent steps at addressing the welfare needs of officers and staff of the organisation.
Comrade Sanni Adeleke urged management to motivate the workforce in the area of promotion, regularization of the salary structure, training, and succession plan in view of the fact that over 50% of the workforce would be leaving the organisation by the end of 2017.