Ghana's Oil Sector Ghana Gas reinstates sacked workers

The move follows an intervention by the Labour and Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu.

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Officials of the Ghana National Gas Company have resolved to reinstate workers whose appointments were terminated on account of misconduct.

The move follows an intervention by the Labour and Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu.

The company last month sacked 13 of the workers, while 32 others were suspended for misconduct.

The management of the company said the dismissed workers misconducted themselves during the protest.

It will be recalled that Ghanaian workers with the gas processing company took to the street about a month ago to protest against unfavourable working conditions.

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The workers who are part of the local union of the General Transport and Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU) called on management of Ghana Gas to provide with favourable conditions because of the risk involved in their job.

However, head of communications at Ghana Gas Alfred Obgamey said the reaction of the workers were inappropriate since their concerns had already been addressed.

The protest resulted in series of meetings between the Ministry of Employment and Ghana Gas Company over the fate of workers.

The latest meeting was between the Employment Minister and other stakeholders including the Petroleum Ministry, leadership of the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers' Union (GTPCWU), management of Ghana Gas to attempt a resolution.

Haruna Iddrisu told Accra-based Joy FM after the meeting that the action by the workers could undermine the operations of the gas infrastructure.

He said the management of the company sacked those workers because their demonstration was disrespect to the company and local chiefs in the area.

However, the Minister said the company has decided to rescind its decision and give the workers another opportunity.

Chief Executive of Ghana Gas, George Sepa Yankey said management has considered the need to tamper justice with mercy only if the workers promise to be of good behaviour.

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