Friday 26th August, 2016
By Laudia Sawer
Tema, Aug 26, GNA –
Workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in Tema have debunked
assertions that they were fighting against the planned concession of the
Company due to selfish reasons.
They replied their
critics on Friday when they gathered at the Tema South District Office to climax
their three days, three hours daily sit down strike and demonstration activity.
Mr Frank Adjetey
Badu, National Secretary of the Junior Staff Union, said they were rather
fighting for the ordinary Ghanaian as the planned concession if allowed would
be unfavourable to all.
Mr Badu added that
the workers were Ghanaians before becoming workers and that their relatives and
friends as well as themselves would continue to consume electricity even if
they stopped working at the ECG.
According to him, a
similar concession was done in Uganda and other countries which has brought
untold hardship on the people.
He questioned why
government would not pay all its debts to the Company now to enable them
provide better services to the people but was prepared to pay the debts over
five years to the Company which would takeover.
He also wondered
what would happen to the payment of the power being consumed by government
currently, “will it be added to the current debt and paid within the
agreed five years?”.
Mr Badu assured
workers that leadership of the Union would continue to resist the said
He also called for
some sensitization programme for workers on their fate after the concession.
The Junior Union
Secretary said workers were aware of no retrenchment plans for the first five
years of the takeover but have no clue of what would happen after those years.
The workers drawn
from the Tema South District, Tema North District, Nungua District and Tema
Regional Office clad in red apparel danced their hearts out as they ended the
first phase of series of planned actions to resist government’s plan to concede
assets of the ECG to a private company for 25 years.