The case file indicated that management of the state owned telco was dragged to court by the redundant workers for deducting tax on their redundancy compensation packages and other tax levied on their end of service benefits, contrary to the company’s terms and conditions of service of workers as enshrined in the company’s condition of service statute.
Barrister Jones, who was conspicuously absent during proceedings but who later dashed into the courtroom after the matter had been adjourned, told African Young Voices that he had long submitted his final address to the court’s registrar for onward presentation to the presiding judge.
He complained that it was the registrar who did not forward his final submission to the judge, but that the situation had been resolved and the final submission had been forwarded to presiding judge.
Meanwhile, some aggrieved redundant workers, this press interviewed, considering the fact that the matter had taken a very long time under adjudication, beamed with smiles and thanked lawyer Elvis Kargbo, who they described as an unbendable and devoted human rights advocate because he excellently represented them up to that stage of the proceedings.
“We took Sierratel to court for the insensitivity and greed on the part of management to pay our full end of service benefits, including other emoluments due us. Management also failed to realise that we have rendered national service to the company with an unblemished track record and Sierratel must give ‘Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser’,” the ex-workers said.