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SLPA vs. former Dock workers…

Judge sets end of January verdict date

January 8, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Justice Patrick Hamilton, presiding over an industrial dispute involving 185 sacked workers and management of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA), has said he would bring closure to the long drawn out legal battle by end of January.

The aggrieved former dock workers had sought redress in the High Court since February 2012 over residual payments they claim are due them.

Justice Hamilton was speaking after the matter was mentioned in his court yesterday, but realized that both solicitors for the plaintiffs and defendant were absent.

As the trial moves toward a painstaking closure, Deputy General Manager of SLPA, Alhaji Abdul Mohamed Sesay and Financial Controller, Crispin Cole, made an appearance in court last October following the issuance of a bench warrant by Justice Hamilton.

The move came after counsel for the plaintiffs, Elvis Kargbo, had applied for bench warrant on the grounds that neither the SLPA management nor their solicitor had been attending the trial since it commenced.

Meanwhile, Justice Hamilton had appointed a committee comprising two representatives each from both solicitors, the court clerk and a senior civil servant from the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Industrial Relations to calculate the amount owed the former dock workers.

The matter will again be mentioned on 26 January.