‘Let Mineworkers’ Salaries Reflect Skills’
Prince William Ankrah
Leadership of the Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMU) has called on mining companies operating in the country to ensure that the salaries of their employees reflect their skills.
In a May Day message issued in Accra and signed by Prince William Ankrah, General Secretary, GMWU assured mineworkers of its preparedness to constructively engage mining companies in the industry to ensure that the remuneration matches up with their skills.
It therefore called for support from mineworkers as it continues to pursue such agenda on their behalf.
It added: ‘On the occasion of May Day, which is celebrated globally as workers day of solidarity, the leadership of the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union, GMWU wishes to salute mineworkers for their hard work, commitment and dedication, which to a large extent, has sustained the mining industry to date.’
It stated that although the fall in price of gold resulted in a considerable reduction in the number of mineworkers in the various mines, particularly the gold producers, the union ensured that those companies complied with the various Collective Agreement (CA) provisions, particularly those that related to redundancy and severance compensation.
‘As leaders of the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union, we further assure mineworkers that the union will deeply interrogate any future redundancy notice from mining companies to ensure that those companies do not hide behind gold prices to reduce numbers when there are major areas of waste which impacts hugely on cost.’
It additionally urged the various companies operating in the mining industry not to take the present industrial peace and harmony for granted, but work towards ensuring that mineworkers are treated with the dignity they deserve.
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