National Service Persons drag UBA to CHRAJ over unlawful deductions
5/17/2012 3:58:02 PM -
About 50 aggrieved National Service Persons in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have signed a petition, calling on the Ashanti Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to step in and recover 'unfair' deductions made by the KNUST branch of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) from their service allowance.
According to the petitioners, they decided to petition CHRAJ because all efforts to stop the bank from continuing with the deductions have fallen on deaf ears.
The petitioners, led by Merss Festival G. Boateng and Patrick Agbo, in a letter dated May 14, 2012, revealed that UBA deducts GH₵ 2 every month from their allowance as service charges.
The petitioners, who were engaged by the National Service Secretariat for the 2011/2012 service year, believe the action of the bank is unlawful and an abuse of their rights. They are with the view that the bank should rather charge the regional service secretariat and not them since they (the petitioners) did not enter into any contract with them.
'In our view, if there were to be any 'service charges,' the bearer must be the Ashanti Regional National Service Secretariat that has contracted UBA to disburse the allowances of national service persons for and or on its behalf.'
The petitioners are therefore calling on CHRAJ to, as a matter of urgency, intervene to correct the unfairness and direct that all deductions made by the bank be refunded to them.
'We in the view of the above, request CHRAJ to correct the unfairness inherent by compelling UBA-KNUST Branch to refund with the appropriate interests all the deductions made by the bank against all national service persons who receive their allowances through the bank.'
Focus FM, KNUST