Mine workers oppose contract mining by Goldfields Ghana
The Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU), is kicking against contract mining which has been suggested by management of Goldfields Ghana Limited after attempts to lay off workers.
According to the Union, they would not compromise their stand because Government in its development agreement with Goldfields granted the company a large concession including $33 million corporate tax relief yet management wants to renege on its promise to create 10 percent jobs.
Speaking in an interview with Class Business, GMWU General Secretary Prince Ankrah says the future of the mining industry is bright without contract mining therefore government must take a bold step in addressing the issue at Goldfields.
The GMWU and Goldfields Ghana have since December last year been trying to find a common ground over a decision by the company to change its operations from an owner binder to contract mining due to changes in the firm’s mining fleet.
The company cited unreasonable wage demands by the union, ageing fleet, life of mine and low gold prices as reasons for the proposed retrenchment of some of the workers.
But the GMWU has described the reasons for the impending layoffs as “most unfortunate, mischievous and ethically disastrous.”
The union maintains that the firm has enough life of mine; and a claim of fall in gold prices could not be cited as reasons for the decision