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Port Workers (London)

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for each year since 1960 the total number of registered port workers in the area covered by the London docks labour board, together with the numbers made redundant or taking severance in each year and the total costs to public or private bodies of those severances.

The National Dock Labour Board has supplied the information given in the table below.

The cost figures require some explanation. The figures shown are total payments in respect of the severances in each year paid from the national voluntary severance scheme (NVSS). Contributions to the NVSS are made by registered port employers in London and in other scheme ports by levies on the gross wages of the registered dock workers they each employ. The table also includes in 1972–73, 1978–80 and 1981, grants that the central Government made of £9·1 million, £11·4 million and £4·4 million (to date) respectively, in respect of severances in London Dock Labour Board area. Prior to the introduction of the NVSS in 1969 there was no severance scheme and few redundancies.

London dock Labour Board Area—Registered Dock Workers

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No. on register

No. who left on voluntary severance

Cost £m

196029,250
196127,789
196226,064
196325,321
196424,972
196525,309
196624,264
196722,791
196821,0661,638Not known
196918,2591,4822·39
197016,5731,7412·90
197115,9861,1661·84
197212,6563,3308–79
197311,5861,0163·69
197411,504210·04
19759,8251,7017·96
19769,2515182·41
19778,4806213·61
19788,1053812·53
19797,1069167·55
19805,7931,25710·69
to 8 Dec 19814,5951,18217·43
TOTALS16.970£71·3