Management of the APM Terminals Liberia and the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL), the mother union of the APM Terminals workers, yesterday began negotiating the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The agreement will seek the welfare of all employees of the National Port Authority (NPA) and APM Terminals (due payers) against unfair labor practice and provide better salaries and incentives, including medical and transportation.
The CBA, which is expected to be signed shortly, will finance training workshops for elected officers in the Trade Union Movement (TUM), encourage female participation in other activities, including seminars and conferences, both local and international.
DOWUL President, Madam Jackie N. W. Doe, commended President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her strong leadership in the country’s economy which, according to her, has resulted in more developments, such as coming of APM Terminals.
On behalf of DOWUL, Madam Doe welcomed the agreement “with open-heart” and said they stand ready to work. “I believe that the signing of the CBA will help our people live a better life,” she noted.
She said the agreement, when signed, will constructively engage management and aggrieved workers at all times to ensure stability in the workplace.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of APM Terminals Liberia, George G. Adjei, said the company is at the moment operating in more than 100 countries. He assured that the management of APM Terminals will be pleased to sign such an agreement with DOWUL.
Mr. Adjei said employees’ welfare is very essential and as such, he urged the union to come to the table so that they can work together as one family.
For his part, Assistant Minister of Labor for Trade Union and Social Dialogue, Emmett Crayton, lauded both parties for the CBA and expressed the hope that the discussion would be fruitful.