MORGAN AND OTHERS
V.
PARKINSON HOWARD LTD

(1961) JELR 69542 (HC)    
High Court  ·  23 Jan 1961 ·  Ghana
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Other Citations
[1961] GLR 68
[1961] 1 GLR 68 - 72
CORAM
OLLENNU J.
Core Terms Beta
plaintiffs
evidence
claim
company
lieu of notice
notice
tema harbour
wrongful dismissal
arrest
case
defendant
employment
false imprisonment
payment of wages
second plaintiffs
wages
13th april
behalf of the plaintiffs
breach of the terms of his agreement
company ltd.
defendant company
defendant’s company
determination of the employment
documentary evidence
drivers of the vehicles waybills
employment of the plaintiffs
exhibit f
faithful discharge of the duties
first part of the claim
former employees of the said company
g1,400 damages
g600 damages
good cause
gross misconduct
labour ordinance1
month of march
month’s notice
normal duties
ollennu j.
only facts
parts
relevant facts
said labour ordinance
statement of claim
strong prima facie case of infidelity
support of that defence
tema
terms of his employment
time of the vehicles
vehicles of a sub-contractor

OLLENNU J.: The claim made by the eight plaintiffs against the defendant- company is in two parts. Firstly, they claim together the sum of £G1,400 damages for loss of income arising from wrongful dismissal; and secondly they claim £G600 damages for false imprisonment.

Although it is not expressly stated, it would appear that the amount of £G1,400 is claimed as special damages, and the yardstick by which the court is being asked to assess those damages is the wages which the plaintiffs would have earned had their employment with the defendant company not been terminated. But the plaintiffs must first satisfy the court that they have been wrongfully dismissed before they will be entitled to damages.

The facts pleaded by the plaintiffs, upon which the claim for wrongful dismissal is based, are contained in paragraphs 1 and 2 of their statement of claim and are as follows:

“1. The defendants, Parkinson Howard and Company Ltd., are engineers carrying on operations at

Tema, in Ghana, and the pl…

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