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Jul 6, 2012

Maya King Case resolved at CCJ

While there are no charges filed against those men in local courts, inside the Trinidad courtroom of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), a judgment was handed via teleconference this morning in the case of six former employees who were unlawfully terminated from Maya King Banana Farm in June 2001.  The union busting case which was filed in the Appellate Jurisdiction by Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, on behalf of John Zabaneh, succeeded an initial decision delivered by the Court of Appeal in which each farmer was awarded thirty thousand dollars in restitution.  Not satisfied with the ruling, the matter was elevated to the CCJ in April.  Despite a dismissal of the appeal, Justice Dennis Byron varied the initial settlement, considerably reducing the award from four hundred and twenty thousand dollars, as handed down by Justice Samuel Awich in the Supreme Court, to two hundred and eighteen thousand dollars by the Court of Appeal, before reaching a final sum of roughly a hundred thousand dollars by the CCJ.  According to Courtenay, the basis for the petition was that the firings did not constitute union busting, further arguing that the Court of Appeal groundlessly ruled that the fired workers suffered injury to feelings.  Five of the men will now be compensated fifteen thousand dollars each and a month’s salary while the other will also receive fifteen thousand dollars plus three months wages.  The former employees were represented by Senior Counsel Antoinette Moore, who was absent from today’s proceedings.  The Maya King case, as it has come to be known, is considered a landmark suit because it was the first to be filed under the Trade Union and Employer Organization Act of 2001.

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1 Response for “Maya King Case resolved at CCJ”

  1. mike says:

    disgusting… people always get their way…..

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