GNFS defies court orders; refuse to reinstate 2 female officers

By Kweku Antwi Jnr
Edwin Ekow Blankson, Acting Chief Fire Officer

The Ghana Fire Service (GNFS) has defied the orders of the Accra High Court for its refusal to reinstate the two female officers sacked for getting pregnant while in active.

The court had also asked the GNFS to pay GHS 100,000 in compensation to the affected officers.

Grace Fosu and Thelma Hammond were dismissed from the GNFS in 2014 after the service discovered they were pregnant within the first three years after joining the Service.

The GNFS told the court that it was in contravention of Regulation 33 clause 6 of the GNFS Conditions of Service of the service which states:  “A female employee shall not be dismissed on the ground that she is pregnant provided she has served the first three years”.

However, the court ordered the GNFS to reinstate the two and compensate them GHS50,000 each in April.

But over two years after the court ruling, the GNFS has refused to reinstate the two female officers while the compensations have also not been paid.

Some of officer who spoke to PrimeNewsGhana said treatment meted out to the affected officers as disgusting.

The officers who spoke on condition of anonymity are not only surprised at the conduct of their superiors but decision to disrespect the courts.

They want the Acting Chief Fire Officer, Edward Ekow Blankson, to obey the court’s ruling.

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