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Workers: ICTSI must stick to deal

Dockworkers unions support Papua New Guinea National Maritime Workers Union's fight for their rights at ICTSI's newest terminal. Photo courtesy of ITF.

Dockworkers unions support Papua New Guinea National Maritime Workers Union’s fight for their rights at ICTSI’s newest terminal. Photo courtesy of ITF.

From the Post Courier:

Lae Port workers want Philippine-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) to adhere to working conditions
agreements between port stakeholders.

Lae branch National Maritime Workers Union James Tony said yesterday that the signing of port transition from previous operators Riback
Stevedoring Limited and Lae Ports Services (LPS) to ICTSI was to embrace technology advancement in port operations.

Mr Tony said this is good and they want to experience challenges of international standards but the welfare of the workers and the
agreement established must be implemented by ICTSI.

“Our concern is the agreements. ICTSI agreed all workers employed by previous port operators LPS and Riback will automatically work for
ICTSI beginning with cleaners to managers,” he said.

Mr Tony has been working for ICTSI since operation started last month, but things are slowly changing behind closed doors.

He said there are concerns regarding the deals signed and port workers will need assistance from former employers and Lae MP John Rosso to
address breach of agreements by ICTSI.

“ICTSI is paying workers using the minimum wage rate of K3.50 and not rates from past port operators which varies depending on positions in the company.

“We agreed during signing that ICTSI will pay workers according to past operators rate.

“Some workers have 20 years and above experience with past port operators and with this transition, they are not given any significance in terms of positions and wage,” Mr Tony said.

He said there are other deals which ICTSI has to consider and action and these are, union award of pay increase, safety port standards,
personal protection, port meals for morning tea, lunch and dinner, and no new union to be set up and old port rates remain.

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