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Francis Fashion defends dismissals

Published: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cadel Trading Ltd, which owns and operates Francis Fashion, is defending its decision to terminate the contracts of 22 workers.

In a statement on the decision, the company said the workers agreed in January 2018 to work an extra hour Monday to Thursday each week until further notice to clear a backlog of containers and signed acknowledging receipt of the memorandum on this.

However, the company said of March 5, 2018, the workers refused to work for the extra hour, which they were being paid for, and advised they were contracted to work until 5 pm. The company said the workers were told that at the time of their employment that they would be required to work extra hours to facilitate receiving and unloading of containers and this was agreed to by them.

The company said workers still decided to leave the Trincity compound without working the extra hour, although management told them their refusal “was in breach of their contract of employment and could result in disciplinary action.”

On March 6 and 7, the company said workers gathered outside the compound and refused to report for work and to have a meeting on the issue, despite approaches by management for them to return to work and discuss the impasse.

“The management of the company carefully considered the actions of the 22 workers from Monday 5th March to Wednesday 7th March 2018 and came to the view that these said workers had by their actions breached the contract of employment and in so doing had caused damage to the company,” the release said.

The company said it felt it had met its obligation as a responsible corporate citizen in providing numerous opportunities for the workers to report for duty and to meet, but these were rejected.

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