ECG workers unsure of their job security
President John Mahama at the recent May Day celebration assured the workers their jobs remain secured adding that the power distribution company will not be privatised.
Some private businesses have already tended in a bid for a Public- Private Partnership deal with the Electricity Company of Ghana, according to the Millennium Development Authority.
Under the deal, government is supposed to go for one of several options of a Public- Private Partnership that will help the ECG collects its debts more efficiently.
And government has opted for a concessional partnership which will see a partner that will have exclusive rights to operate, maintain and invest in the ECG for a number years.
But several of the ECG workers who are unsure of their fate on Tuesday held a meeting to discuss the way forward as the deadline for announcing who gets the concessionaire job draws to a close.
Deputy General Secretary of the Public Utilities Workers Union, Michael Nyantekyi has told Accra-based Joy FM that "the cabinet decision is that the concessionaire should refrain from declaring any staff redundancy within the first five years."
"So the issue is what happens after the first five years?", he asked.
Mr. Nyantekyi further asked Government why it has made some support promises to the concessionaire when that support can be given to ECG to make it more efficient.
In a response, Deputy Minister of Power, Mr. John Jinapor said government does not anticipate any layoffs after the five years.
"We expect that within that five years there will be more retraining and realignment...we do not anticipate any layoffs," he added.
Mr Jinapor also called on the workers to exercise restraint as the move "is not a penal measure, we don't intend to penalize the staff, but rather improve on them."
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