The Court of Appeal this week fixed for trial the hearing of the petition seeking a writ against implementing a ruling by the Commissioner of Labour in favour of retired employees of Seylan Bank.
The application has been filed by Seylan Plc after the Labour Commissioner which had taken up for hearing a petition filed by T.Abeykoon and others who held that the bank is liable to pay gratuity at the rate of one month salary for each year of serve for each retired employee who completed 10 years of unblemished service.
The order signed by D.M.S.Dissanayake, Commissioner of Labour (Industrial Relations) and issued in November last year held that the ruling should be implemented within a two week period.
The former employees of the bank had pointed out that according to their contracts they were entitled to one month’s gratuity for each year of service. The management was given a two week period to file their answers and the trial to be taken up on October 28.