Labour High Court Presided over by Justice Mrs. Laurenda Owusu will on the 2nd of March 2018, deliver it’s ruling on a suit instituted against Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL) by the Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMU) seeking to stop the GGL from executing it redundancy exercise. According to the Mineworkers Union , the GGL plan if allowed would render over 1700 workers jobless.
The court indicated to the parties that in line with relevant provisions in civil procedure rules, CI 47, it will relay on all the processes filed to deliver it ruling on the 2nd of March 2018. After the court sitting, led counsel for the applicants, Charles Bawaduah, expressed satisfaction at the decision and directions of the court.
Per the writ filed on behalf of the workers by their lawyer, Mr Charles Bawaduah, a former Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), the workers are urging the court to restrain Goldfields from going ahead with the intended redundancy exercise until all the stakeholders involved “have concluded or negotiated on whether the exercise can be averted, and if not, the category of workers to be affected and measures to minimise the impact on workers.’’
They are also seeking a declaration from the court that the redundancy exercise is “unlawful” because the reasons given by the mining giant to lay them off do not meet the “requirements, conditions or grounds for redundancy, as provided by Section 65 of the Labour Act, 2013, Act 651’’.
The workers further want the court to declare that the purported authorisation of the redundancy exercise by the Chief Labour Officer is “illegal, unlawful and null and void’’.