Zoomlion workers not paid paltry salaries for several months

By Laudia Sawer

Accra, Sept 13, GNA – The Greater Accra
Presiding Members Conference on Wednesday, demanded answers from officials of
the Zoomlion Company Limited over their inability to pay some of their workers
for over six months.

The 25 Presiding Members (PMs) from the
various Metropolitans, Municipals and District Assemblies in the Region say
Zoomlion’s inability to pay its workers is negatively affecting sanitation in
their localities.

They raised the concerns after a presentation
was made by the Communication Team of Zoomlion on its operations during an
ongoing three-days annual conference of the PMs.

“Our records show that for the past six
to seven months Zoomlion workers in the MMDAs have not been paid making it
difficult for them to discharge their sanitation duties, “one of the PMs
stated.

Another PM retorted, “You make people
suffer for nothing and expect them to deliver, and you come telling us you have
built their capacity, building their capacity without paying them?”

The PMs, who were not happy about the salary delays
said it was sad that after performing tedious tasks including pulling of
tricycles filled with garbage, their meager salaries were not paid for months.

They called for a review of the GHC 100
monthly salary given to sweepers as according to them that was unacceptable and
too small for the type of work they do.

Mr Abdullah Nii Odai, Presiding Member for the
Okaikwe North Municipal Assembly, expressed misgiving at the piling of refuse
on the George Walker Bush highway.

Mr Odai indicated that piles of gabbage could
be there uncleared for over two weeks forcing some residents to burn them.

He said the Assembly would assess Zoomlion’s
operations in the Municipality and terminate their contract if found to be
unimpressive.

Mr Daniel Ohene Obeng, Senior Communication Officer,
responding to the questions said four out of the seven months salaries of
affected workers have been released by the company and was expected to hit
their accounts by the close of the week.

Mr Obeng explained that the delay was due to
the inability of government to settle its debts with the company.

He added that “government still owes
Zoomlion and sometimes Dr Agyepong have to take bank loans to pay workers
making us to owe the banks a lot”.

GNA

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