The Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU) has said that there may be massive layoffs in 2017 because of the uncertainties of a stable power sector early this year.
The General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union, Solomon Kotei said the redundancy will happen because the Union may not be able to negotiate due to the high cost of production and a possible reduction in demand.
“Obviously we are even going to see some redundancies again, obviously we will not be able to negotiate again, obviously production levels are also going to drop and this should be giving way to the external competitors to be bringing in cheap and used products and that will overshadow the internal factories’ production.”
His reaction comes on the back of the prediction of the energy think tank Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) that electricity crisis will comeback in 2017.
However, the Outgoing Deputy Minister of Power John Jinapor has indicated that the dreadful energy crisis that Ghana went through some time past will not befall the country again in 2017.
He argued that the Mahama-led government has put in place enough measures to prevent such a situation from happening again.
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Meanwhile, the Volta River Authority (VRA) in a letter to the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO), has indicated of a 15- day interruption in gas supply from February and the month of March 2017.
The VRA has therefore called on managers of the power system to meet to limit supply challenges.
Kotei said the employers will be left with no option than to lay some employees off if the power crisis starts.