Labour Unrest PSWU declares solidarity strike over TV3 staff dismissals

Last month, private television station, TV3, dismissed 32 of its workers following long drawn-out negotiations on end of service benefits (ESB) for staff.

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The Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Ghana has announced that it will embark on an industrial action following what it calls the failure of management of TV3 Network Limited to address the concerns of 32 dismissed workers.

The letter titled, ‘Notice to commence series of industrial actions,’ said: “This is to serve notice, having failed to resolve the dispute between the management of TV3 Company Limited and the Public Services Workers Union of TUC Ghana on the unfair summary dismissal of 32 employees of TV3 who are members of our union.”

It said, “Tuesday, 4th April, 2017, there would be picketing around the premises of TV3 Company by members of the PSWU of TUC Ghana, Tuesday, 11th April, 2017, wearing of red bands by all members of the PSWU of TUC Ghana and Monday, 24th April, 2017, solidarity strike by all division of the PSWU Ghana.”

The letter was signed by Richard Ampabeng, General Secretary PSWU of TUC Ghana and copied to the Regional Commander, Ghana Police Service, Accra, the Local Union Secretary, PSWU TV3 Network Company Limited, Accra and the IGP.

Last month, private television station, TV3, dismissed 32 of its workers following long drawn-out negotiations on end of service benefits (ESB) for staff.

A letter from management of the station announcing the dismissal of the workers said, "wearing red shirts on Wednesday 22 February, 2017, tying doors of offices with red fabric, writing of graffiti on the premises threatening management and hoisting of a red flag on the campany’s transmission on Wednesday 22 February 2017 without authority from management.

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"Management wishes to bring to your attention that these acts that you participated in constituted industrial action which is a form of illegal strike and was aimed at intimidating and coercing management.

"This conduct amounts to unfair labour practice, management considers your action as participating in one form of illegal strike and also amounts to gross misconduct aimed at disrupting the business of the company and bringing the name of the company into disrepute. Based on the above violations management has decided to summarily dismiss you from the service with immediate effect."

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