GPHA ex-workers to picket at World Bank office

Laudia Sawer, GNA

Ashaiman, Sept 10, GNA – Over 5,000
ex-workers of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) who were declared
redundant in 2002 have threatened to picket at the World Bank office to force
authorities to pay them their severance package.

The ex-workers are made up of 1,500
permanent workers who voluntarily retired and 4,194 non-permanent workers who
were laid off by the then management of GPHA.

The workers had thronged the Ashaiman
Government School to lay their grievances before the media.

According to them, the permanent workers who
voluntarily retired received some packages they were not happy about while the
noon-permanent workers were yet to receive their share.

Mr Laud Nsiah Laryea, Convenor of the
ex-workers, announced that they would.picket at the World Bank office and the
GPHA head office as a last resort to demand for.their redundancy package.

Mr Laryea challenged the World Bank which
they believe bore the full cost of the retrenchment and restructuring of the
port in 2002, to openly disclosed the amount allocated to each former worker.

He stated that even though the 1,500
ex-permanent workers received between GH₵ 30 and GH₵ 5,800, two bags of rice,
two bags of sugar, and a gallon of cooking oil, they were aware management of
the GPHA then shortchanged them.

He said several legal actions from the High
Court to the Supreme Court and petitions to Parliament, CHRAJ, Chief Justice
and the Presidency have yielded no result.

Mr Laryea, who recounted all the actions
they have embarked on for the past 14 years, appealed to President John Dramani
Mahama to hasten interventions that would lead to the payment of their
severance packages.

He stressed that if they do not hear any
favourable interventions from the President, they would be compelled to picket
at the World Bank and GPHA offices.

According to him, more than 600 of the
former workers have lost their lives because of stress and frustration over the

“Our situation has worsened and they
must pay us what is rightfully ours”, he stated.

Mr Stephen Ashitey Adjei, Leader of the
4,194 non-permanent ex-workers, told the media that they were yet to receive
any concrete communication from the Presidency after several petitions.

He questioned why Parliament and the
Presidency could not treat their issue with the urgency and importance they
attach to the payment of ex-gratia to ministers and Members of Parliament
without any litigation.

He lamented that most of them were dying,
their marriages falling apart, could not educate their children and have a
place of abode due to the treatment meted out to them by their former employer.

Mr Adjei reminded government that their
effort to fight social vices would yield no result if people like them do not
receive their severance packages.


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