The management of Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) has assured workers against layoffs as the company prepares to introduce advanced technology in its ports management operations in Tema.
According to management, it was committed to enhancing the capacity of the workers through strategic skills training to boost workers’ competencies and familiarisation with new trends in port management operations.
Mr Mohamed Samara, CEO of MPS, gave the assurance at a meeting between the management and workers’ union to deliberate on pertinent issues and to introduce the company’s new Chief Finance Office to the staff.
According to Mr Samara, the introduction of hi-tech facilities in port operations and the huge investments required a corresponding upgrade of skills of the labour force.
With a vision of becoming a centre of excellence in port services in Africa with their state of the art facilities, he said the company aims at progressing with the workers by empowering them with adequate skills and capabilities to be abreast of technological development in the industry.
Also, he reiterated the management’s determination to collaborate with their workforce to ensure that they successfully execute their contract at the Tema port.
He indicated that the company is in the process of deploying ultra-modern technology with safety features to assist workers to give out their best towards making the company the centre of excellence in the African port industry.
The CEO noted that the company was performing very well both locally and on the international front, and cited a recent report by PWC on African Ports in which MPS was credited as the best performer.
He noted that although the company is confronted with political and shareholder challenges, it remained focused on keeping the project on track and therefore called on the union to partner with management in achieving the target.
Mr Samara, introducing the new Chief Finance Officer, Mr Sunil Bansal, called the workers to offer him the needed cooperation to enable him to give off his best for the benefit of the company.
Mr Austin Gamey, Labour Consultant for the workers Union, commended management for acknowledging and according much respect for the union. He said that the current state of MPS is a manifestation of the level of collaboration between Labour and Management, a relationship worthy of emulation by other companies.
“Management has a huge task to play in realising the vision of the company, and hence the need for them to work together as social partners and pursue the growth of the business,” he said.
He noted that for management to achieve its course, they must be concerned with how to put to use the investment and to manage the people on the job to drive the business objectives.
Mr Gamey also called on workers to be interested in self- development to become abreast with rapidly changing technology in their industry to enable them to fit into the plans of the company.
He called for a deeper understanding between Management and Union for the achievement of high Return on Investment for the shareholders.
Mr Frank Okyere, the Union Secretary, acknowledged management’s effort to promoting growth and sustainability of the company through labour management collaboration.
He also pledged the union’s support in promoting productivity and profitability of the company.
By: LizzyAnn Kwagbedzi/adrdaily.com