Court slaps UTAG with GHS3K cost for breaching rules

The Labour Court in Accra, presided over by Justice Frank Rockson Aboadwe, has awarded a cost of GHS3,000 against the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).

This was after lawyers of UTAG failed to comply with Section 20(14) of the rules that govern their application before the court.

UTAG has since 2 August 2021 been on strike and efforts made by NLC to have them call it off have proven futile.

The National Labour Commission (NLC) secured an interlocutory injunction to stop the strike.

UTAG subsequently filed a motion to set aside the injunction.

In court on Monday, 16 August 2021, the lawyer for UTAG, Mr Keli Delataa, sought to move the application for the court to set aside its earlier order as per an ex parte application, however, the counsel for the National Labour Commission (NLC) objected to the move.

The exhibit that the UTAG counsel relied on to move his application had not been certified as per order 20 (14).

According to the NLC, that section is instructive in nature and, therefore, the application was not properly brought before the court.

He prayed the court not to allow UTAG, the applicant, to move the application.

The counsel for UTAG, in his response to the objection, said every document they attached to their processes had been stamped by the registrar of oath.

The court said the provision in the said section was mandatory and ought to be fulfilled.

The lawyer for the NLC asked the court to slap a GHS10,000 cost against UTAG on grounds that the case was of public interest.

The lawyer for UTAG, who argued that the NLC deserves some cost, offered to give GHS500.

Justice Aboadwe subsequently awarded a cost of GHS3,000 in favour of the NLC.

The case has been adjourned to 19 August 2021.


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