First Atlantic Bank in Ghana is dragging its ft to pay severance packages of Locked-out employees about 68, a few of whom are pregnant women and nursing moms since Might 2018, thus failing to adjust to Part 65 of the a Labour Act.
That is regardless of the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) directive to the Bank to adjust to the Legislation by negotiating with the affected employees earlier than going forward with the redundancy.
Sources on the Chief Labour Officer’s workplace point out that there isn’t a termination settlement between the financial institution and the affected staff because the financial institution has failed to offer a memorandum of understanding between the 2 events. It quite offered an MOU that it signed with about 12 unionized employees.
The Bank has been offering paperwork requested by the Chief Labour Officer concerning the redundancy train in bits, a deliberate methodology to pull the method.
In a primary petition about six weeks in the past to the CLO, the affected locked out employees stated the posture of the Bank is undoubtedly a measure which seeks to acquire the duress of negotiation consequence by foul means, which method is predicted to be sincere and honest in its affairs.
The Labour Guide representing the affected employees, John Esiape, describes the motion by the Bank headed by Nigerian Odun Odunfa as unfair, barbaric and dangerous religion.
He due to this fact urged the CLO to intervene and firmly uphold the regulation and apply the authority of his workplace wherein First Atlantic Bank has disregarded the necessities of the regulation with respect to termination and redundancy, however in itself depending on the protecting cowl of the Legal guidelines of Ghana in its enterprise dealings.
First Atlantic Bank on 30th April, 2019 locked out the affected staff, giving them at some point discover and telling them they stop to be workers of the Bank on third Might, 2019.
Within the assembly between administration and the affected staff numbering about 100, the workers telephones had been ceased.
The Bank nevertheless didn’t give the employees 3-months discover, didn’t negotiate with the affected staff and didn’t give discover of termination.