Assault On Atlantic Ports MD Is Mob Action
A union leader of the Atlantic Ports Services says the union will not hand any of its members to the police for prosecution after a section of the workers allegedly assaulted the Managing Director of the company. Henry Laryea who is General Secretary of the Maritime and Dock Workers Union told Joy News the police would have to arrest all the 177 workers of the company if they want a scapegoat for the assault. Some of the workers of the company were accused of turning the premises of the National Labour Commission into a wrestling arena and subjected the Managing Director of the company, Geoffery Biney to severe mauling. The workers were seeking the help of the Commission to resolve what they claim is unfair treatment by management of the company. The MD had his shirt torn into shreds, an incident the chairman of the Labour Commission, Joseph Aryitey confirmed to Myjoyonline.com. Mr. Biney and his sister who was also manhandled by the workers lodged a complaint with the Adabraka Police Station who have vowed to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book. The General Secretary of the union described the incident as regrettable but said no worker can be held responsible for it. “It is rather unfortunate it happened that way,” he said, adding, “Better still they (police) will have to arrest all the workers, all the 177 workers because its a mob action so I am not sure any worker will be willing to be arrested without the rest of us.” He said it was Geoffery Biney who instigated the whole incident by slapping one of the workers and taunting them in addition. “We are demanding an unconditional recall of workers back to work and also [payment] of our salaries and emoluments” he added.