The National Labour Commission (NLC), has directed striking workers of Ghana Community Network Service Limited (GCNet), to call off their strike with immediate effect.
According to the Commission, the strike by the workers is in violation of the Labour Act 2003.
It will be recalled that the members of the Association began the strike on Monday, October 5, 2020, to press home their demands for the immediate payment of “redundancy packages to redundant staff in accordance with the Arbitration Award.”
But in a statement issued by the NLC on Friday, October 9, 2020, Director of Administration, Dr. Bernice Welbeck, directed the leadership of the association to appear before the Commission on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
“The National Labour Commission hereby directs the striking workers to call off the strike immediately and appear before the Commission on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. The invitation is in accordance with section 139 of the labour Act 2003, Act 651,” the statement noted.
The NLC added that, “In view of the COVID-19 protocols, the representation to the hearing by each side is restricted to maximum of three (3) persons and this must be noted. The workers are therefore to select three (3) persons to represent them at the hearing.”
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GCNET challenges NLC order on compensation payment for redundant workers
Already, management of Ghana Community Network Service Limited (GCNet), has filed a motion at the Accra High Labour Court, challenging the enforcement of the arbitration award over the terms of a redundancy compensation payment to its workers.
The company is seeking the intervention of the High Court to set aside the award which directed the management to pay a redundancy package of 30 per cent of salary and other allowances including rent, transport, fuel, car maintenance, and education grant subsidies.