18 January 2013

Gambia: Court Awards Plaintiff Cost

John Charles Njie, plaintiff, who dragged his former employer, Pro-Poor Advocacy Group (Pro-PAG), to court was on Wednesday awarded cost at the Industrial Tribunal at Kanifing.

The case could not proceed and was adjourned till 26 February 2013.

The chairman, Magistrate Jobarteh, ruled that the case had suffered series of adjournment at the instance of the defendant's counsel.

He told the tribunal that the case was set for cross-examination but because of the absence of the defendant's counsel, the case could not proceed.

He awarded the plaintiff cost of D2,000 to be paid on or before the next proceedings.

The plaintiff's claim against the defendant is for a declaration that the termination of the plaintiff's employment by the defendant is unlawful.

John Charles Njie is also claiming for the sum of D372,015 being damages for the unlawful termination or unfair dismissal meted on him.

The plaintiff's claim further indicates the sum of D500,000 being damages for breach of contract.

The sum of D104,025 has been also claimed by the plaintiff being three months' leave arrears for the years 2008 and 2010.

John Charles Njie would further claim for the sum of D124,005, being salary arrears for the month of June, July and August 2011.

Interest at the rate of 30 per cent per annum from 1 September 2011, to the date of judgment, and thereafter at the rate of 4 per cent to date of payment, as well as costs.

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