The National Labour Commission (NLC) has subpoenaed the Union of Industry Commerce and Finance (UNICOF) and the Agricultural Development Bank (adb) to appear before the commission today June 1st, 2015.
[contextly_sidebar id=”yQrjnDmHB3jGDc3jptgIxSD4o5GWQ6O8″]The subpoena Citi Business News has gathered is in reference to the notice of strike given by UNICOF in a matter between UNICOF verses Agricultural Development Bank last week.
A letter cited by Citi Business News from the National Labour Commission signed by its Executive Secretary Dr. Bernice Welbeck stated ‘you are commanded to appear before the National Labour Commission Monday 1st June, 2015 at 2pm, fixed for the hearing of notice to embark on strike logged by ADB Bank Limited against UNICOF on the 26th of May 2015.
Notice of which is hereby given you and from day to day thereafter as may be needed until the end of the hearing to give evidence’.
UNICOF last week Tuesday 26th May,2015 issued a notice of strike to the Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission.
The notice which was also copied to the Executive Head, Human Resource Department of the Agricultural Development Bank, gave the bank seven days notice for unionized staff of adb to embark on a nationwide strike.
According to the letter ‘we refer to the National Labour Commission’s directive for the parties to submit to voluntary arbitration in respect of the dismissal of Barnard Kungu a local Union executive of adb Bank who was also the staff of the bank 5 years ago.
We also refer to management of adb bank’s response dated 19th October, 2012 where they stated their decision not to participate in the voluntary arbitration.
Consequently, we UNICOF write to serve the required seven days notice to embark on a strike action due to the failure of the parties to submit to voluntary arbitration to resolve the matter pursuant to section 159 of the Labour law (Act 651)’.
But upon receipt of the letter serving notice of a strike management of the Agricultural Development Bank, reported the case to the National Labour Commission.
Unionized staff of the Agricultural Development Bank last week Thursday embarked on a nationwide sit down strike to press home their demands for the removal of the Managing Director, Stephen Kpordzih and the dissolution of the Board.
According to the staff union they have been compelled to take the decision due to government’s unwillingness to ask the MD and the board to step aside as the Bank of Ghana investigates allegations of financial malfeasance and conflict of interest leveled against them.
The sit down strike lasted for a day.
By: Norvan Acquah Hayford/citifmonline.com/Ghana