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Standard Chartered Ghana 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.

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Reinstated employees of the Standard Chartered Bank have threatened to head back to court over the failure of the bank  to  pay salary arrears owed them.

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.

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 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.”

READ MORE: Kweku Bedu-Addo StanChart boss escapes jail sentence

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 June pay up the salaries”, Lawyer Ashie- Neequaye told Accra-Based Citi Fm.

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