ECG privatisation Former VRA boss against ECG staff threat to cause nationwide 'dumsor'

ECG workers claim the deal will not be in the interest of the workers and may eventually lead to loss of jobs, at least after five years.

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Former Chief Executive Officer of state power producer, Volta River Authority (VRA), Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby said he is against workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana who threatened a nation-wide blackout on Friday 26, August to drive home demand for government to rescind its decision to privatise the ECG.

Aggrieved workers of ECG begun a three-day; three-hour sit down strike across the country to protest the impending privatization of the Electricity Company of Ghana to a private concessionaire.

Read more: ECG staff warned over nationwide dumsor

They claim the deal will not be in the interest of the workers and may eventually lead to loss of jobs, at least after five years.

But Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby said “I disagree with the ECG workers and I am not in favour of the agreement between government and the American Company. Government has employed them so they don’t have the right to say they will shut power for the whole nation or you will not work as a result of the government’s decision to privatize the ECG”.

He said “a worker does not have the right to say they will stop work and will put out light but if they do what they threatened to do, it will amount to sabotage and breach of contract between the government and the employee”.

Speaking on Accra-based Onua FM, he said, "If you want to protect your work that is natural but you can’t say you are dictating to the one who employed you so everyone who will sabotage the ECG should be sacked."

See also: ECG staff threaten nationwide blackout on Friday

The Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU), spearheading the protest has called on government to review the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact which seeks to relinquish the ECG to private investors for 25 years.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), has also reportedly thrown its weight behind PUWU indicating that dialogue between the unions and the government is yielding no fruits.

The Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) is among others, asking government to review the MCC Compact and modify the private sector participation to include pragmatic steps to bring efficiency to ECG.

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