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Staff Unrest Mine workers worried over prolonged salary negotiations

The workers have often accused the large scale multinational companies of not providing better working conditions for their employees especially the junior staff.

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play General Secretary of the Ghana Mine Workers’ Union, Prince William Ankrah

The Ghana Mine Workers’ Union (GMWU) has sent a strong signal that it will not tolerate the undue delays in the negotiations of salary for its members from next year.

The General Secretary of the Union Prince William Ankrah was speaking at the opening session of the Union’s National Executive Council meeting in Accra.

He said the increasing number of protracted negotiations is likely to ruin the sector’s output if employers continue to marginalise workers.

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“We remain committed to the course of our members and will always ensure they benefit equitably in the outcomes of our collective efforts and therefore any company or group of companies who are committed to needlessly drag this year’s negotiations into 2017 must revise their notes immediately.”

“Let me state emphatically that we do not have the appetite and the patience, and therefore shall not countenance any such attempt(s).”

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The workers have often accused the large scale multinational companies of not providing better working conditions for their employees especially the junior staff.

He said most of these companies are only profit-oriented. He hinted that this situation may lead to a number of agitations among labour in 2017 if they are not addressed.

“Indeed, they have consistently proven that their focus is only on profits, shareholder dividend, and speedy procurement of mining fleet and nothing else. It is therefore not surprising that we are still sitting with a paltry 5 percent year-to-date success rate on salary negotiations.”

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