Following the industrial dispute between the management of ENL and the Dock workers which has led to the parties taking the matter to court, the Lagos State House of Assembly through its Chairman, Committee on Establishment, Mr. Dayo Famakinwa has pleaded with them to consider out of court settlement.
The House made the appeal when feuding parties as well as management of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA were invited to appear before the House over the allegation that the employers refused to pay workers for 10years.
According to the spokesman for the Dock workers, Mr. Gerald “over 688 workers have left the job since 2015 after they were seriously beaten while demanding for their long overdue salary”. He claimed that they were thereafter invited to a military zone and given a token of N350,000 for 10years of hard work.
Public relations officer of NIMASA, Mrs. Oluyemisi stated that part of the responsibilities of the agency is registration of maritime workers and seafarers and that in a bid to protect the interest of both parties several meeting have been held with the two parties.
Famakinwa emphasized that the House of Assembly wants to mediate between the dock workers and their employers and appealed to then to withdraw the case from the court of law and settle the issue amicably.