At Kpone in the Greater Accra Region, some labour unionists have assembled to voice their opposition to the firing of three employees at Sunon Asogli Power.
The corporation was given an ultimatum by the unions to restore the employees whose contracts were reportedly terminated because they joined the Ghana Mine Workers’ Union, but that ultimatum has already expired.
They were dressed in red and black, and they represented the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which was offended.
To further pressure the management into changing its mind, the union members also raised posters and banners while singing songs.
TUC Secretary General Dr. Yaw Baah stated that his group has already informed the Tema Police of its intention to launch the first solidarity action against the Chinese enterprise during the 2023 National May Day Parade.
Hundreds of employees are requesting the return of their coworkers at the company’s headquarters this morning.
In a statement titled “Sunon Asogli’s position on Matters Relating to Unionisation,” released by the firm on May 4, the Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMWU) criticised factual errors, misrepresentations, and falsification.
Together with the employees of Sunon Asogli Power (Ghana) Limited, the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union claimed that it underwent the required legal procedures to get a Collective Bargaining Certificate that entitles it to represent and bargain on behalf of the workers with the company.
The statement continued, “At every significant stage of the unionisation process, the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union did not only adopt the procedure and strategy required by law, but it also worked cooperatively with regulatory institutions of the state, particularly the Labour Department of Ghana.
According to the TUC and the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union, employers that actively repress and obstruct workers’ rights and freedoms will not be tolerated.