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Hotel Mgt training, Kololi Beach Club face over D4M claim

Jan 3, 2012, 1:14 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

Hotel Management Training and Kololi Beach Hotel have been dragged before the Industrial Tribunal at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court by former employees, Alieu Nyang and three others, for unfair dismissal and damages for breach of contract.

The plaintiffs’ claim is for the recovery of D4, 371,826 for unfair dismissal being services rendered to the defendant, and damages for breach of contract.

Alieu Nyang claimed for the sum of D860, 300, Muhamed Hydara also claimed D2, 03,976, Lamin Jobe claimed the Sum of D607, 000, while Samba Sedibeh claimed the sum of D873, 550.

According to the particulars of the claim, the plaintiffs were working for the defendants, for 14 years, 15 years, 16 years and 9 years respectively.

The plaintiffs stated in their claim that, on 16th June 2011, they were declared redundant due to the low season by the Kololi Beach Club Management.

It was further revealed in the plaintiffs’ claim that during a meeting between the Gambia Workers’ Union and the management, it was discovered that the management did not apply the principle of “first in, last out” as stated in the Labour Act 2007, and also defaulted on payment of Social Security contributions for one of the plaintiffs, Samba Sedibeh, from 2002 to September 2006.

The plaintiffs in their claim further stated that the defendant accepted that their case was genuine, but was reluctant to redress the matter.

Still in their claim, the plaintiffs noted that when the case was reported to the Labour Department, the defendant was referred to the Labour Act 2007 to address the matter, as the plaintiffs have a genuine case of unfair dismissal, but instead the defendant only paid six months’ notice.

The plaintiffs added in their claim that this resulted to their unfair dismissal, loss of employment and income, and damages while further claiming for compensation.

The chairman of the tribunal set hearing for 30 January 2011.