Ghana Energy Sector Karpower sacks 60 workers

This includes ten engineers and more than 50 other workers with two contracted firms working on the ship.

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Management of the Karpowership operating in Ghana has relieved 60 workers of their duties.

Since the beginning of April, the company has written to 10 Ghanaian engineers who have been working with it since the arrival of the barge in November last year, terminating their contracts.

This includes ten engineers and more than 50 other workers with two contracted firms working on the ship.

“We regret to inform you of management’s decision to terminate the fixed term contract of employment between yourself and Karpowership Ghana Company Limited with effect from 7 April,” a letter to some of the staff signed by CEO, Orhan Remzi Kardeniz reads.

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In February, a new country manager from Turkey Erkut Ates took over from American Robert Kremer who brought the barge to Ghana.

In what the new management calls restructuring, it has ordered subcontractors on the ship to sack some workers. Eye-Con, an engineering firm which undertakes maintenance works on the ship has sacked 8 out of its 20 workers.

 Another firm, Blagodolph, undertakes cleaning services on the ship. It had a staff strength of about 80. About 45 of them have been sacked so far.

There are about 30 Ghanaian engineers working on the ship, and more are expected to go by the end of the month beyond the dismissed 10.

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