A Human Right Lawyer, Francais Xavier Sosu says the decision by TV3 network to dismiss over 30 workers for embarking on a condition of service protest is a clear violation of their fundamental human rights.
According to lawyer Sosu, the dismissal of the workers is not only unlawful but unfair under Article 33 of the 1992 Constitution thus the need for them to begin their action by petitioning the National Labour Commission (NLC) and CHRAJ for possible investigation into the alleged infractions.
He also added that they could consider going to the court depending on the outcome at the NLC and CHRAJ to further enforce their right to be employed.
A letter from management of the station announcing the dismissal of the workers Tuesday said: “Wearing red shirts on Wednesday 22nd February, 2017, tying doors of offices with red fabric, writing of graffiti on the premises threatening management and hoisting of a red flag on the company’s transmission on Wednesday 22 February 2017 without authority from management, management wishes to bring to your attention that these acts that you participated in constituted industrial action which is a form of illegal strike and was aimed at intimidating and coercing management.”
“This conduct amounts to unfair labour practice. Management considers your action as participating in one form of illegal strike and also amounts to gross misconduct aimed at disrupting the business of the company and bringing the name of the company into disrepute. Based on the above violations management has decided to summarily dismiss you from the service with immediate effect.”
But speaking to Samuel Eshun on the Gold Power Drive Wednesday, Lawyer Francis Sosu confirmed he had “received instruction from one of them but he has not gotten the mandate of the entire group and that is why we cannot hold ourselves as their lawyers,” adding “once we have the instruction of the full team we are sure to take up the case and ensure that justice is served.”
He said the decision by management to protect the integrity of the company by sacking the workers was wrong since management could have sought to dialogue to address their grievances.
Meanwhile, The Ghana Journalist Association and the Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association say they are mobilizing to meet the leadership of the workers to be briefed on what actually happened leading to their dismissal.