Administration and personnel of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg sign new Collective Agreement
Andrey Zubarev, Managing Director of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC (SP SPb), and Emil Solodky, Chairman of the Unified Employee Representative Body, signed the new Collective Agreement for 2020-2022, SP SPb says in a press release. The document registered at the Employment and Labour Affairs Committee of Saint-Petersburg comes into effect on January 1 of the next year. It will replace the Collective Agreement valid till the end of 2019.
Apart from generally accepted and standard social guarantees ensured by the labour legislation of the Russian Federation, the new Collective Agreement of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC retains a number of additional benefits for employees. In particular, the company is set to continue sponsoring summer holidays for children, hold cultural and sport events, cover the expenses for visiting sport and fitness centers, provide benefits to the port veterans, provide financial allowance to multi-child families and those celebrating anniversaries, provide additional leave time for shift work and undertake other measures of social support.
Additionally, the Collective Agreement 2020-2022 foresees a new opportunity for the employees – to get a voluntary health insurance policy financed by the company in the employee’s interest. This decision was made upon the results of a poll according to which 73% of port employees had expressed their wish and readiness to join the programme of voluntary medical insurance. Also, most of the pollees had expressed their wish to get compensation for the expenses on sports and fitness centers. The majority opinion was taken into consideration when drafting the document.
Annual expenses per employee in the period of new Collective Agreement validity are to increase by 18% versus the year of 2019.
The negotiations between the employer and the employees on approval of the new version of the Collective Agreement had been lasting from July of the current year. The Unified Employee Representative Body included three trade union organizations of the port: primary trade union organization of the Dockers' Union of Russia, primary trade union organization “Portovik” of the RF Water Transport Workers’ Union and primary trade union organization of Big Port St. Petersburg workers.
“Social cooperation is based on partnership. All issues should be addressed promptly and meaningfully”, said SP SPb Managing Director Andrey Zubarev.
According to the statement, the Collective Agreement reflects the principals of social partnership between employer, employees and trade unions, legal representatives of employees. It ensures efficient operation of the company and creates favorable environment for each employee’s work.
Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC is the largest operator rendering services on handling of all types of dry cargoes at Big Port St. Petersburg. It operates modern multipurpose specialized terminals for handling of general and bulk cargoes and specialized terminals for ro-ro cargoes and containers. In 2018, the company handled 7.7 million tonnes of cargo.