Shipping Companies/ Agencies & Freight Forwarders Employers Association (SCAFFEA) has finally bowed to pressure after the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) shut down all operations in the shipping companies nationwide on Monday.
The SCAFFEA agreed to establish an acceptable Minimum Standards on the Condition of Service in the Shipping Industry especially on gratuity.
This is coming after the Nigerian Shippers’ Council intervened in the imbroglio between the union and the shipping companies and agencies.
Recall that MWUN had issued several ultimatums to the agencies after failed attempts to get the investors on a round table to discuss the minimum standards on the condition of service in the shipping subsector of the maritime industry..
In a communique issued at the end of a meeting between the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, MWUN and SCAFFEA on Monday, 5th June, 2023, at the Shippers’Council training room, the following resolutions were reached:
Maritime Workers Union and Shipping Companies/Agencies and Freight Forwarders Employers Association expressed commitment for sincere negotiations on the Minimum Standard of Condition of Service in the Industry.
2. Parties agreed to a timeline of One ( l ) Month starting from Monday 5th June, 2023 to 4th July 2023 for completion of the negotiations.
3. Parties to establish an acceptable Minimum Standards on the Condition of Service in the Shipping Industry especially on gratuity.
4. Based on the above, the Maritime Workers Union agreed to suspend the on-going industrial strike
The communique was signed by Rt. Hon Emmanuel Jime ES/CEO, NSC, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, PG, MWUN and Mr. Ascanio Russo, SCAFFEA.