Ghana Mineworkers Union kicks against Newmont Gold’s redundancy stance

The Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMWU) is kicking against the retrenchment of 600 employees of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited.

More than 3,500 employees have so far exited the industry through redundancies, including 400 employees from Newmont Ahafo operations.

General Secretary of the Union, Prince William Ankrah says it is unable to accept reasons being put forward by the Newmont as constituting grounds for a further 600 employees to exit the company.

According to him, the prevailing business outlook within Newmont does not support the intended redundancy exercise.

‘Factual evidence available to the Union in relation to Newmont’s vibrant business outlook conspicuously reflects the posture of a business racing to generate supper profits at the expense of people who have toiled to position the operations on a pedestal of growth and progress,’ Prince Ankrah said in a statement.

He noted that the Union has fully cooperated with all companies that have built a convincing business case which warranted labour rationalization.

But the GMWU is becoming worried about the situation where courtesy calls and visits permitted by the President and traditional leaders are being used by the leaders of multinational companies as a sign of endorsement of business decisions or plans.

The Union has dared Newmont Ghana that any attempt to unilaterally issue out redundancy letters to employees whilst the case is pending at the National Labour Commission will be met with a strike.

Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh

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