The management of APM Terminals Apapa has taken strong exceptions to a report published in a national newspaper of Monday 13th November, 2009 alleging unfair labour practices at the terminal.
Allegations contained in the report, including the alleged sack of 15 workers, according to APM Terminals, is incorrect, unfair and in bad taste.
Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa, Mr. Martin Dirks, said that the company maintains a very good and cordial relationship with all its workers contrary to the allegations contained in the report.
â€œOur employees are one of our core values and we constantly create an inspiring environment attracting the right people to us. This is pursued by offering a wide range of incentives, good remuneration, training, global job_rotation and other development opportunities for our employeesâ€, Dirks stated in reaction to the newspaper article.
â€œWe encourage open communication and direct engagement with our employees. We respect the rights of our employees to associate freely, join labour unions and to bargain collectively in accordance with local laws and regulations. We also recognise the right of our employees to refrain from collective representation. Our employees are free to communicate openly with management regarding working conditions without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment.
â€œIt is in line with this commitment that we pay our workers consistently above industry standard, provide free lunch to all our workers among other enhanced welfare packages. We treat our workers very well because we know that productivity will be enhanced when they are happyâ€, Dirks further stated.
General Manager, Human Resources of APM Terminals Apapa Limited, Mr. Bryan Morris while responding to specific allegations contained in the report described as untrue the purported â€œsack of 15 workers including unionists within the last two weeksâ€.
â€œLet me reiterate the fact that APM Terminals places high value on its workers and we do not victimize our workers as portrayed by the article in question.
Even in the thick of the global recession we tried to ensure that we did not throw people into the labour market like other companies did. The true situation is that we discovered that there were redundancies in some departments. These redundancies cut across various departments like HR, Finance and Facilities which was completely outsourced because it was not our core function and at the end of the day we discovered eleven redundancies.
â€œWe had a formal agreement signed with the union leaders on these cases which included full payments of all the benefits and entitlements to the affected workers as agreed with the union.