Dismissed ADB staff drag bank to court

The 10 dismissed staff of the Agricultural Development Bank have dragged the bank to the High Court demanding immediate reinstatement.

They are also praying the court to order the bank to pay them a compensation of GH¢150,000 each for their wrongful dismissal.

The plaintiff argued that their removal from office was tantamount to witch-hunt and victimisation for their lawful roles in exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms of association to participate in lawful protests.

A statement of claim accompanying a number of reliefs noted that the disciplinary proceedings against the plaintiffs were irregular, improper and in breach of the rules of natural justice as regards the constitution of the panel.

The plaintiffs contended that the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors acted unlawfully in considering a purported report from the proceedings.

They averred that they have at all material times given their best and utmost performance leading to the promotion of some of them as relationship and branch managers.

The plaintiffs said management issued them a query memo on August 15, 2015 alleging a breach of a 2005 Bank of Ghana Notice and Defendants bank’s policies as well as collective agreement.

They further alleged that the decision by the defendant to advertise new roles in place of plaintiffs and denying them any opportunity to avail themselves of same ‘amply demonstrates’ prejudice and predetermination to pronounce them guilty by the said dismissal.

The plaintiffs prayed the court to declare that the results of the purported disciplinary proceedings and any actions based on same are null, void and of no effect.

An order restraining the defendant, its officers or agents from dealing with plaintiffs’ bank accounts with intent to changing the terms of loans advanced to all except Nurudeen Mohammed as a result of the said wrongful dismissal.

They are also asking the court to order the defendant to pay them another compensation of seven years gross salary for wrongful dismissal.

The plaintiffs are also demanding an apology from the managing director of adb for publication in the Daily Graphic within 14 days from the day of judgement.

By Malik Sullemana

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