Johan Ferreira, Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Mining Corporation’s Africa Operations
Newmont Ghana has urged the Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMWU) to rescind its decision to embark on a strike and resume negotiations to promote the interests of its members.
Newmont’s appeal to the leadership of GMWU follows the threat by the union to embark on a strike over salary and collective bargaining negotiations.
Workers of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited have given the company a week’s ultimatum following delays in concluding negotiations on their conditions of service which began in 2014.
The parties have been engaged in a negotiation process since early 2014 and have not reached an agreement on compensation and other benefits.
In a press statement released on Monday in Accra and copied to BUSINESS GUIDE, Pascal Kanbonnabah, Newmont’s Regional Vice President, Human Resources said, ‘There are a number of legitimate reasons contributing to the drawn out negotiation process on both sides.
Despite this, we believe a fair and equitable agreement can be reached soon and that a strike is not in the best interests of the GMWU’s membership and would only further complicate the process,’ it said.
‘All parties should continue to act in accordance with the terms of the Collective Agreements and the laws of Ghana which govern our relationship.’
The statement indicated that the company was committed to reaching a negotiated, mutually beneficial settlement which would ensure the long-term sustainability of the business, jobs, incomes, tax revenues and other benefits.
‘It is in everyone’s best interests to wrap up the negotiations as soon as possible so we can all focus on working safely to sustain our business and the incomes and tax revenues provided to our employees, families, communities and government,’ Mr. Kanbonnabah said.
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