Court halts GRA promotions

AN Accra High Court, presided over by Justice R. B. Batu, has restrained the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) from carrying out any new promotions until more than104 Senior and Junior officers, who were due for promotion, have been promoted first.

The 104 officers, who were due for promotion, had filed a writ at the High Court in July, 2015, to compel the GRA to promote them first before carrying out new promotions.

The judge said “I am of the view that, the plaintiffs (104 workers) have acquired a right for consideration for promotion before any others who are being invited to go through the promotion exercise.  The Defendant (Ghana Revenue Authority) will accordingly be restrained from carrying out any such promotion exercise unless the right of the plaintiffs are first considered”.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs Albert Adaare filed a writ on their behalf at the High Court seeking a declaration that, having already passed their promotion interviews in accordance with the criteria set by GRA, they ought to be promoted.

Other reliefs sought were compensation for unjust and unfair treatment, damages for breach of collective bargaining agreement; an approved scheme of service; and interest on final payment on all monetary awards, amongst others.

Even though the GRA filed a notice of appeal at the High Court on January 4, 2016, it opted for an amicable settlement of the issue but nothing concrete had been done to settle the issues.

It has, therefore, created a tense atmosphere among workers of the GRA.

By Times Reporter

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