§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the levels of redundancy payments made to London and Liverpool dockers; whether there has been recently a new offer of increased amounts; and what these amounts are.
§ Mr. Waddington
The National Joint Council for the Port Transport Industry has recently announced increases in payment scales under the National Voluntary Severance Scheme for Registered Dock Workers with a maximum of £16,000 for those with at least 20 years service. It has also introduced a Special National Severance Scheme, to be open for a limited period of six weeks ending on 28 May, under which the maximum payment will be £22,500 for those with at least 15 years continuous service. These maxima are applicable at all ports covered by the Dock Workers' Employment Scheme.