Laudia Sawer, GNA
Tema, Aug 22, GNA –
Workers of Pioneer Food Cannery (PFC), on Monday demonstrated against
management for delaying the implementation of a new salary structure since
The over 700 workers
who reported for the morning shift, halted production and resorted to drumming
and singing at the PFC premises.
The workers, who are
not happy with the slow pace of the implementation of a proposed new salary structure,
nearly lynched one of their local union leaders during the demonstration.
The Police had to
restore order at the place.
Mr Joseph Nketsia,
PFC Local Union Vice Chairman, told the Ghana News Agency that even though
management signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the leadership of
the workers in 2014 to review the existing salary structure which was overdue,
it was yet to be implemented.
Mr Nketsia stated
that the existing salary structure was not favourable to the workers adding
that it rather left the workers worse off.
He noted that the
workers have resolved to embark on the demonstration and sit down strike until
their grievances were met.
According to him, if
workers do not recieve any favourable news from management by close of day, the
afternoon and evening shift workers would continue with the protest.
The Union Vice
Chairman said workers want management to handover the structuring of salaries
to a consultant to ensure proper job classification and fair salaries for
workers especially those who have worked for the PFC for many years.
At about 1040 hours
when the GNA got the PFC premises, workers who have gathered at the reception
area, would not allow any visitor into the building.
About five police personnel were also seen
positioned at the premises.
Mr Nketsia informed
the GNA that other Union Leaders, Regional officers of ICU and PFC management
were in a meeting at the Tema Regional Police Command to find an amicable solution
to the issue.