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The Seafarers Union Kenya has given the port stakeholders seven days to sign the agreement.
In a joint statement, the union’s general secretary Andrew Mwangura and Dock Workers Union (DWU) boss Simon Sang warned that only those who sign the pact will be allowed to conduct business at the port.
“Within the next one month no ship contractor or agent’s employee who is not a member of any employers’ association or seafarers union shall get access to place of work at the port,” they said.
Further, the unions demanded that the terms of all workers who supply labour for ship work or services be changed from contract to permanent and pensionable.
“The various labour suppliers should consider forming a Dock Labour Board to supply labour for service onboard ships and warehouses within the county,” they added.
Kenya Ship Agents Association chief executive Juma Tellah, however, said they had limited mandate to effect the demands as they were not employers but representatives of shipping lines.
“Our work does not cover unions or workers’ welfare so we cannot come into agreements with trade unions,” he said on phone.
Federation of International Freight Forwarders Association vice-president Peter Mambembe said the two unions had no jurisdiction to bar anybody from accessing the port.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland