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A new era for dockers in Morocco!

A new era for dockers in Morocco!

Wednesday, 24 September, 2014

Dockers worldwide are celebrating the news of a new CBA between ITF-affiliated union the Moroccan National Union of Port Workers and management of global network terminal operator APM Terminals. 

'Dynamic economic and social objectives’ are the aim of the new CBA at the Port of Tangiers.

 The agreement comes after two years of ‘difficult’ negotiations between the union and APM.

There's been an international campaign supported by ITF dockers’ unions worldwide and there's been thanks from the union to everyone involved.

Said El Hairech is general secretary of the Moroccan National Union of Port Workers, part of the national UMT trade union centre (Union des Syndicats UMT des Transports). He was previously wrongly imprisoned for charges linked to his trade union activities and was only freed following a groundswell of support from dockers’ unions worldwide.

His message was: “This CBA embodies what we want, dynamic economic and social objectives. Moving forward we need to establish controls and good governance for social dialogue and the respect of sector standards. The union and management are working towards a common goal here: ambitious economic expansion in the framework of a common perspective on social responsibility.

“Our members have stayed strong throughout this struggle, but we wouldn’t be celebrating the success we are today without the support of the UMT, the ITF, particularly the Arab World office, and the support of hundreds of dockers’ unions. They’ve all contributed to this victory.”  

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