Over a payment dispute by workers at the Freetown Cold Storage, the company’s Human Resource Manager Michael Laggah has said the company owes no workers benefits.
The Human Resources Manager was reacting to an allegation made by two former casual workers, Abdul K Sesay and Eric Foday, who alleged that the management of Cold Storage owed them their benefits.
He stressed that the two workers were paid in full and that they signed and collected their monies.
Mr Laggah noted that, “the monies were paid through our solicitor Mr Tejan Cole who in turn paid the money to the lawyer of the workers, Mr Jenkins Johnston”. The Human Resource Manager pointed out that, “we have settled their payments and we have no business with them.” He disclosed that their payment calculations were done by the Ministry of Labour in the presence of the executive of the employers’ federation.
Stating their case Eric Foday, who had worked for the company for four years, said, an allegation was made against both men that they assaulted one of the company’s supervisors John Cole. The two men were charged to court and at the end of the case they were discharged. Foday noted that their lawyer Jenkins Johnston then wrote to the company asking them to pay benefits to his clients. He added further that later the company gave them part payment of their benefits and promised to pay the balance later but up till now they had not received anything.