Former staff of some collapsed microfinance as well as Savings and Loans firms, have appealed to the government to expedite action on the payment of their severance packages.

The staff say they are in hardship because they did not anticipate losing their jobs.

“In view of the unusual times that we are in now as a result of the global pandemic, we wish to appeal to all involved in this matter. It is worthy to note that for the past seven months, there are some households which have not received any form of income to support their families as a result of both husband and wife being ex-staff of the companies under receivership”.

“Due to this involuntary job loss, many ex-staff of the aforementioned institutions are experiencing serious emotional trauma because of the resulting financial hardship. We are currently in a state of despondency, anxiety, hardship and uncertainty,” the ex-staff said in a statement.

“We appeal to all who matter in the payment of the severance packages to ensure payment without further delay so that we, the ex-staff, can continue with our normal lives,” the statement added.

The Bank of Ghana, in August 2019, revoked the licences of some 23 savings and loans companies and finance house companies because, according to the central bank, they were insolvent even after a reasonable period within which it had engaged them in the hope that they would be recapitalised by their shareholders to return them to solvency.

Read the full statement below:

STATEMENT ON OUR SEVERANCE PAYMENT – COALITION OF EX-STAFF OF COLLAPSED MICROFINANCE COMPANIES (MFI’s) AND SAVINGS AND LOANS COMPANIES (SLC’s)

Pursuant to Section 123 (1) of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act 2016 (Act 930), the Bank of Ghana (BoG) on 31st May 2019 and 16th August, 2019, revoked the licenses of some Savings and Loans Companies (hereinafter referred to as “SLCs”) and Microfinance Companies (hereinafter referred to as “MFCs”), placed them under Receivership and appointed Mr. Eric Nana Nipah as Receiver. Subsequent to that, the Receiver Mr Eric Nana Nipah, of Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC) Ghana Limited gave all ex-staff of the affected institutions a temporary Contract of Employment for three-and-a-half months, ending November 2019. At the expiry of the contract, 99% of staff’s employment was terminated. It is worth stating, with much pain, that a good number of ex-staff have since not been re-engaged in any form of income-generating activity, even though a lot of effort has gone in getting our lives back by engaging ourselves in meaningful income generating activities.

The Receiver has confirmed his preparedness to fulfil his obligation in accordance with the provisions of the Act, 930 regarding any agreed severance package for ex-staff.

The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), UNICOV and some ex-staff represented by their lawyers led negotiations with receiver’s appointed labour consultant Austin Gamey for which a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed in December 2019. We, the ex-staff are also aware that a lot of work has been done on the agreed severance package and it is at the point of approval.

In view of the unusual times that we are in now as a result of the global pandemic, we wish to appeal to all involved in this matter. It is worthy to note that for the past seven (7) months, there are some households which have not received any form of income to support their families as a result of both husband and wife being ex-staff of the companies under receivership.

Due to this involuntary job loss, many ex-staff of the aforementioned institutions are experiencing serious emotional trauma because of the resulting financial hardship. We are currently in a state of despondency, anxiety, hardship and uncertainty.

We appeal to all who matter in the payment of the severance packages to ensure payment without further delay so that we, the ex-staff can continue with our normal life.

Thank you

Contacts:
S. Donkor – Chairman for Coalition for MFI’s and SLC’s

E. Sam – Media Representative for Coalition Team 

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