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Court to rule on Gold Fields workers’ case on March 2

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

An Accra High court has set the 2nd of March to deliver its ruling on the fate of some 1,700 workers of Gold Fields Ghana who have been laid off by the company.

The Judge, Laurenda Owusu said she will rely on the relevant provisions in civil procedure rules, CI 47 and all the processes filed to deliver its ruling on the set date.

The suit before the court was initiated on behalf of the workers by the Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU).

In the writ, the workers are praying the court to restrain Gold Fields from going ahead with the intended redundancy exercise until all the stakeholders involved.

They are also seeking a declaration from the court that the redundancy exercise is “unlawful” because the reasons given by the mining giant to lay them off do not meet the “requirements, conditions or grounds for redundancy, as provided by Section 65 of the Labour Act, 2013, Act 651”.

The workers further want the court to declare that the purported authorisation of the redundancy exercise by the Chief Labour Officer is “illegal, unlawful and null and void”.

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