Over 560 Lose Jobs Over Dumsor From January To March

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union said over 560 jobs have been lost between January and March 2015.

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) said over 560 jobs have been lost between January and March 2015, due to a combination of economic problems and the energy crisis.

Secretary General of ICU, Mr. Solomon Kotei said the job loss was due to the power outages experienced by Ghanaians and the toll effect it has impacted on business.

The ICU is appealing to government to, as matter of urgency, direct the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to reduce prices of petroleum products drastically to avert redundancies that are directly caused by the power crisis.

He described as alarming the rate at which redundancies that are directly caused by the rolling power cuts are being carried out. “From January to date, 560 workers belonging to ICU have been laid off,” he said.

The break down includes 238 by Cocoa Cola Company Limited, 180 by Mantrac Ghana, 58 by Cadbury Ghana Limited and 26 by Novotel Hotel. Mr. Kotei said his outfit is inundated with redundancy letters from manufacturing companies.

“Most of the manufacturing companies and hospitality industries, infact the overheads are becoming astronomical.

“The indications that we are getting almost every day is becoming disturbing” he said. Mr. Kotei was of the view that reducing fuel prices to reflect world market price of crude oil would demonstrate government’s commitment to at least avert redundancies that are caused directly by the ongoing power crisis.

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