May 7, 2009, 6:26 AM
The Kanifing Industrial Tribunal has received a claim of over D11,000,000 from Alieu Khan and others, who have sued Ali Diab (Trading at Cedar Bakery) for wrongful termination of their services.
The plaintiffs are claiming D11,221, 662.33 and interest of 25 per cent with cost.
The plaintiffs’ particulars of claim stated that they were at all material times bakers for Cedar Bakery.
They claimed that as at 26 May 2010, they negotiated with the management on terms and conditions and contract of employment.
The plaintiffs’ further claimed that the managing director called the police commissioner of operations and gave him false information that the employees were on strike.
He stated that when the OC came, he found there was no strike but negotiation process, adding that he advised the Station Officer at Kanifing Estate that the employees were not on strike and urged the plaintiffs to report the case to the Labour Department and that he was ready to support them to any level.
They went on to claim further that the defendant was invited by the Labour Department to pay them their benefits but to no avail, stating that the defendant had failed to comply with Section 89 of the Labour Act, and that there was no genuine reason for terminating their services.
The case continues.
Ebrima Garba Cham, Secretary General of the Gambia Workers’ Union, represented the plaintiffs.