About 30 dock workers on Tuesday protested against an alleged hardship meted to them on the account of the failure of the management of ENL Consortiun Limited to fulfil its obligation to all disengaged Dock workers.It was gathered that the dock workers were previously under the supervision of “Shed 6/Terminal D and C”.
With some inscription including “Dockworkers demand democratic Union to defraud workers’ interest,” “Reverse Port Privatisation Nationalise it under workers management,” “ENL must pay our 10years terminal benefits now,” “Privatisation has worsened port problem,” “Capitalism is evil, socialism is better” among others
Leading the protesters, Eseagu Gerard, explained that, the management of ENL Consortiun Limited had failed to pay its disengaged workers and other sundry issues for the past ten years.
According to him, about 650 workers have been subjected to untold dehumanization and slavery condition of work and denied their due and agreed entitlements and payments.
Gerard further demanded in a protest letter he co-signed as the co-ordinator of the protesters and the Secretary, Adams Aminu, the “payment of the balance of workers percentage and that of the management to our PFA to allow the PFA to commence the process for effecting their obligations to the disengaged Dockworkers; the payment of the unremitted contributory pension from 2006-2011 to our designated PFAs and the payment of our annual leave allowance covering all of the 10years”.
They also demanded the “Revisit and review the payment of N350,000 Redundancy Terminal and Hazardous benefit, to determine the criteria for determining the figure that originally should be less than N850,000”.
In addressing the protesters, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa promised to take the matter up and ensure that it is investigated.
He advised them to be peaceful and not to take laws into their hands while protesting.
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