LIBERIA: NPA Management, Workers Union Sign CBA, As Labor Congress Expresses Satisfaction

The Dock Workers Union Of Liberia (DOWUL), and the Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) signed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with several trade union organizations, and the Ministry of Labor expressing satisfaction on the role played by the NPA management to allow the signing of such agreement between it and its workers.

The occasion which was graced by the Government of Liberia represented by the Ministry of Labor saw dozens of trade union organizations lauding the effort of the NPA management for the bow step taken to allow such to be achieved.

Before the signing of the CBA, the President of the DOWUL, Madam Jackie N. Doe said the management of the NPA headed by Madam Matilda W. Parker over the years played a pivotal role in the success for the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NPA management and the workers union.

She further extolled the entire workforce for its support over the years, and promised her leadership cooperation in the years to come in the promotion and the seeking of the NPA workforce interest, and strive to build a sound relationship between the management of the NPA and workers union.

Madam Doe further spoke of the construction of 20-bed rooms’ latrines by her union for the use of the entire workforce, and expressed her union’s fullest support in working with the NPA management for to the growth and development of the entity.

For her part, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Madam Matilda W. Parker in her statement before the signing of the CBA  expressed gratitude to the leadership of DOWUL, and said she was happy gratified for the level of support she has received over the years from the leadership of the workers  union.

Madam Parker said DOWUL under the leadership of Madam Jackie Doe has made what she called a “Tremendous strive’ over the years in helping to improve the working relationship between the NPA management and the entire workforce.

As a way of the NPA senior management and Board appreciation to the union several gifts were presented including an envelope containing S$7, 500.00 to the DOWUL’s leadership in order to undertake any meaningful projects on behalf of its members.

The Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL) was established in 1986 but was certificated as a Trade Union Organization on November 15, 1996 by the Ministry of Labor. Its objective is to seek the welfare and protection of all employees of the National Port Authority including all its four ports around the Country.

Its first Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed on March 28, 2008 under the leadership of Madam Grace Tee Kpaan, who also served as Superintendent of Montserrado County.

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