Fire Service refuses to recall 2 workers who were sacked for getting pregnant while on probations

Fire Service refuses to recall 2 workers who were sacked for getting pregnant while on probations

- The Ghana National Fire Service is yet to recall two employees who were sacked for getting pregnant during their probationary period

- The Service is also yet to give them the compensation of GHC50,000 as ruled by an Accra High Court

- Some fire officers have appealed to the Acting Chief Fire Officer, Edward Ekow Blankson, to heed to the court's ruling

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that despite a court order to reinstate two female workers who were sacked, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) is yet to heed to the court’s ruling.

The two women, Grace Fosu and Thelma Hammond, were dismissed in 2014, for getting pregnant while on a three-year probation.

An Accra High Court ruled that the employees were to be reinstated and compensated with damages to the tune of GHC50,000 each.

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Acting Chief Fire Officer, Edward Ekow Blanskon

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The GNFS claimed the ladies had contravened Regulation 33 clause six of the GNFS Conditions of Service of the GNFS.

“A female employee shall not be dismissed on the ground that she is pregnant provided she has served the first three years,” the regulation stipulates.

However, the court ordered the Fire Service to reinstate the two and compensate them with GH¢50,000 each in April 2014.

In a radio interview, staff of GNFS claimed that five months after the court’s ruling, the company is yet to heed to the court’s order.

The officers added that they are not only surprised at the conduct of their superiors, but also their decision to disrespect a High Court’s order.

They have, therefore, called on the Acting Chief Fire Officer, Edward Ekow Blankson, to obey the court’s ruling.

“These innocent women do not have anyone to turn to in these difficult times but to turn to the media to come to their aid. They have been at home for a very long time and it’s time they are reinstated,” the officers said.

Meanwhile, on behalf of their colleagues, the officers have appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as well as the Interior Minister to fast-track the reinstatement of the two affected female officers.

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