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17.12.2008 Business & Finance

Pro-Credit Staff Wins Case Against Firm

By Times Reporter - newtimesonline.com
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A former employee of Pro-credit Savings and Loans Company, Mr Kofi Karikari Amponsah has won a case of unfair termination of appointment against the company at the National Labour Commission (NLC). Mr Amponsah's appointment was terminated on May 20, 2008 but after going into the matter the NLC ruled last month that he was unlawfully terminated.

The commission therefore order Pro-credit to compensate the petitioner by paying him for the entire period of the termination from May to the end of November 2008, using the gross pay of his last pay as basic.

The company's to comply with this decision within 14 days.

In a letter stating the decision of the commission, Opanin Obeng-Fosu, member of the NLC said the commission realised that the termination did not follow the normal procedure of query, oral warning, written warning, demotion, suspension, termination and summary dismissal as stated in the Human Resources Manual of Pro-credit.

He noted that it seemed Pro-credit was in haste to part relationship with the petitioner, hence the normal procedure was not followed.

Mr John Esiape, Deputy General Secretary of the Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance workers of union (UNICOF), took up the issue on behalf of the petitioner in his capacity as an industrial relations officer.

He said he did it despite the fact hat the petitioner is not a member of UNICOF, saying the union is determined to fight under its ambit.

He aid a similar case involving a staff of Pro-credit who the UNICOF is currently undergoing compulsory arbitration.

Petition's salaries between the time he was dismissed and the time of the ruling.

Mr Amponsah petitioned the commission in a letter dated July 16, 2008, upon the termination of his appointment.

He was given one months salary in lieu of the short notice.

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