The Point (Banjul)

21 December 2012

Gambia: Former Employees of Sonny and Kirsty Cry Foul

Gibril Sanneh and Habibou Drammeh dragged to the Kanifing Industrial Tribunal their former employers, Sonny and Kirsty, on 19 December 2012, before Magistrate Dawda Jallow.

According to their statement of claim, the plaintiffs are claiming for the recovery of D24, 000 being six months' salary for unlawful redundancy.

They also claimed D200, 000 for damages for unlawful redundancy.

Gibril and Habibou are further claiming for their social security and income tax contributions in the sum of D9,300 for the first plaintiff and D2,325 for the second, amounting to D11,625.

Cost and interest at the rate of 30 per cent was also claimed by them.

The particulars of claim stated that the first plaintiff worked for the defendants as a security since April 2012, and was unlawfully declared redundant on 28 November 2012, and the second plaintiff started working for the defendants in July 2012, and was unlawfully declared redundant on 28 November 2012.

They claimed the first defendant, Sonny, is the husband of the second defendant, Kirsty, and they are living together.

They added that the first defendant is the one who employed the plaintiffs and the second defendant used to pay them their monthly salary.

Gibril and Habibou claimed that on 28 November 2012, the defendants paid them and told them that they did not need their services, and the plaintiffs asked them the reason for their unlawful redundancy.

The plaintiffs said in their claim that the defendants insisted that they should leave the work because they were no longer interested in their services because there was no work at their home, and that they did not have money to pay them.

They further claimed that the defendants had employed other new securities and asked them to leave the job.

The defendants denied liability and the case was adjourned till 14 January 2013, for the plaintiffs to tell the tribunal what transpired between them and their former employers that warranted them to drag them to the tribunal.

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