Mining firms charged to pay mineworkers in Ghana to reflect skills

The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union (GMWU) has assured members it will deeply interrogate any future redundancy notice from mining companies.

This is to ensure companies do not hide behind gold prices to reduce numbers when there are major areas of waste which impacts hugely on cost, explained Union leaders.

Last year, the fall in price of gold resulted in a considerable reduction in the number of mineworkers in the various mines, particularly gold producers in Ghana.

General Secretary of the GMWU, Prince William Ankrah, says the Union ensured those companies complied with the various Collective Agreement (CA) provisions, particularly those that related to redundancy and severance compensation.

He has 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”.

On the occasion of May Day 2014, the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union has commended mineworkers for their hard work, commitment and dedication to sustain the mining industry.

“The leadership of the Union wishes to assure mineworkers of its preparedness to constructively engage mining companies in the industry to ensure that the remuneration matches up with their skills,” said Prince Ankrah.

The Union has therefore called for maximum support of mineworkers as it continues to pursue this agenda on their behalf.

Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh

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