Irate workers of StanChart to head back to court
After the contempt hearing on Monday, lawyer for the staff, Prince Nii Ashie-Neequaye gave management of Standard Chartered Bank the deadline of June 20, 2016, to pay back the arrears of his clients, or be hurled back to court.
The CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Kwaku Bedu-Addo and the HR of StanChart West Africa, were asked by the Accra High Court to halt a planned lay-off of until the dispute over severance package of the employees is resolved.
The management announced in March that it was laying off workers due to unbearable economic constraints on its operations, however the parties could not agree on a financial severance package.
A disregard for the court ruling led to contempt charges, which the CEO would later purge himself of and also reinstate the sacked employees. However, the staff are still not satisfied because government has not paid salary arrears owed them.
“The judge had the right to tell them to go back and purge themselves properly of the contempt. We will wait and see if they will pay the salaries of the employees from March.”
According to the lawyer, the salaries of his clients have not been paid from March to June, 2016, suggesting that it is a deliberate attempt to punish his clients.
“ We will not succumb to these tactics at all. We believe we must be treated in a more humane manner. We give them up to 20 of Junepay up the salaries”, Lawyer Ashie- Neequaye told Accra-Based Citi Fm.
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