The President of the Industrial Court in Sierra Leone, Justice Tolla Thompson has ordered the Hughes Security International to pay terminal benefit to Isaac Fayia and twelve other former employees of that Agency. The plaintiffs which include: Isaac Fayia, Patrick Fofanah , Saidu Sesay , Ibrahim Koroma , Umaru Sesay, Tamba Gborie, Mohamed Dumbuya ,Alie Sesay , Joseph Mansaray , Rahaman Kamara, Umaru Conteh, Foday Tolley and Molai Mansaray were summarily terminated in July this year with no end of service benefit.
In an interview with the Registrar of the Court John Kamara-Whyte, he explained that since the inception of the Court they have succeeded in dispensing justice without fear or favour, adding that the Court seeks to maintain the fundamental rights and dignity of workers throughout the Country so as to avoid recurrence of another war.
He said everyone has right to employment and better pay to ensure a better standard of living.
These people were said to have contacted the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to seek redress; but that after substantial efforts to prevail on Hughes Security Agency to pay off the retrenched workers had failed, the Ministry took up the matter with the Industrial Court for legal interpretation.
By Solomon Rogers