Coca-Cola Bottling Company is laying off over 250 employees as part of efforts to enable it stay in business. The company began the process today following the drastic effects of the current power crisis on its operations.
Speaking to Joy Business, General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, Solomon Kotei, said his outfit is inundated with redundancy letters from manufacturing companies.
‘Most of the manufacturing companies and hospitality industries, in fact the overheads are becoming astronomical. The indications that we are getting almost every day is becoming disturbing,’ he said.
This, he said, has affected production levels of many companies.
However, he said his office would be meeting management of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company to see how best the problems could be resolved.
‘The rate of unemployment, you know it better than I do and therefore if you are to do anything that will increase the unemployment situation we have to get to the blackboard to see what we can do to support the economy and we, the workers, and to save the employers’ investments.’
He said the unemployment situation in the country could worsen if drastic measures are not taken to address the power crisis.
Meanwhile, Government has announced that it is expecting some 300 megawatts of power following near completion of repair works on power plants at the Takoradi International Company (TICO).
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