A-G wants more time to respond to suit

Ms Gloria Akuffo,Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

Ms Gloria Akuffo,Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

The Attorney-General’s Department (A-G) yesterday asked the Accra High Court Labour Division (One) for more time to respond to a suit filed by dismissed district directors of the National Service Scheme (NSS).

The directors, numbering 85, filed an application for judgement in default of defence on May 5, 2017, after the A-G failed to file its defence on three occasions in the case in which the directors demanded their reinstatement.

The plaintiffs were represented by Sarfo Mensah Serwah, who held the brief for Theodore Adimazoya.

It is to be recalled that The Ghanaian Times, earlier this year carried the story on the dismissed staff of the NSS.

The plaintiffs said that their dismissal was illegal, and asked for an order directing the NSS to re-instate them.

The directors asked for a perpetual injunction restraining the NSS from permanently replacing them or offering their positions to other persons.

They also asked for payment of all salary arrears and allowances from the date they were unlawfully dismissed until their reinstatement.

It is the plaintiffs’ case that the defendant failed to provide them with reasonable notice prior to their dismissal.

They contended that the Acting Director of NSS, Ussif Mustapha, ought to have known that they were properly employed, having attended interviews and subsequently given letters of employment.

Plaintiffs further argued that “withdrawal of employment by their employers is an alien and unknown procedure for the cessation of the employment”.

By Malik Sullemana

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