By Godwin Oritse
FOLLOWING the imÂ Â plementation of theÂ enhanced salary structure, the monthly wage bill of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) currently stands at N2billion.
In a statement, Assistant General Manager in charge of Public Affairs Mr Musa Illya said that under the new salary structure, the least paid worker in NPA earns as much as N120,000.00 per month and this is with a Junior Secondary School (JSS) certificate.
Illya who was reacting to the 14 days ultimatum given by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) demanding the implementation of agreed minimum standard for Dockworkers,Â for Tally Clerks and on-board Security.
Some of the demands includes the payment of outstanding severance benefit to Dockworkers ,payment of Gratuity to retired NPA workers,Â Payment of Monetization Arrears and a new NPA Condition of Service.
Part of the statement reads â€œThe attention of the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been drawn to the 14 day ultimatum issued by members of the NPA Senior Staff Association (SSA) and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN).
â€œThe ultimatum by members of the Unions was already communicated to the Managing Director in a letter dated 29th March, 2010.
â€œWhile the Management wishes to assure all employees of its readiness to dialogue with the Union to resolve any differences on these matters for the betterment of the organisation, Management wishes to seize this opportunity to state some facts as they relate to the issue of workers welfareâ€.
He explained that as a responsible Management, the organizationÂ has made it a sacred policy to always pay workers and pensioners their salaries and allowance, as at when due.
On the grievances of the Unions, the authority spokesman stated that management is working on the implementationÂ of minimum standard for Dockworkers and other demand of the Union.Â Â Â According to Illya, the management and the Unions areÂ currently engaged in negotiation so as to come up with an acceptable condition.