15 dock workers sacked
Investigation carried out reveals that 15 dock workers of the Sierra Leone Port Authority (SLPA) have been shown the exit door for raising concern over the delay in their increment of salaries as pronounced by the All People Congress (APC) government.
The dismissed workers are Sulaiman Kargbo, Abdul K. Sesay, Salieu Turay, John M.Sesay, Alimamy Kamara, Mohamed Kargbo, Ibrahim Sesay I, Osman Sesay, Abu Fofanah, Sullay Kamara, Foday Mansaray, Abdul Kumba, Alusine Kamara ii, Lamin Kamara, Abu-Bakr Sandy of Ashore Gang.
Indisputable source says the main reason for their dismissal was based on the fact that the Ashore Gang are strong supporters of the disqualified candidate Mr. Kekura Kargbo.
Sources further disclosed that the dismissed workers fall among the highly skilled jobs like crane operators, winch men, and dock laborers, who blamed the union executive for not advocating for the said increment to reflect on their salary pay slips since the pronouncement of the increment by government. “It seems as if the struggle still continues”, said the dismissed workers.
The Safety Manager Leone Dock Company Mr. Jeff aka Kamajor describe the sacked workers as unserious, hence they are requesting for the reflection of minimum wages in their salaries.
The utterance of Mr. Jeff ignites anger on the workers which lead to an unrest that captured the notice of the police. The police responded promptly by chasing them at the Labour Compound and the quay where they expected them to have settled, inside source intimates.
However, police arrested Sulaiman Kamara and Salieu Turay who were busy playing draughts after official duties in their overall dress, they were taken to Ross Road Police for 5 days and later released as there was no evidence linking them to the crime.
These marginalized workers are calling on His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma and the government to intervene for peace and stability to prevail at the port.
By: Abdulai Mento Kamara
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