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TUC to investigate Sunon Asogli Power employees’ firing

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According to the Trade Union Congress of Ghana, internal processes for serving notices under the Public Order Act to restore terminated Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited employees are being reviewed.

The internal procedures, according to Mr. Joshua Ansah, Deputy General Secretary of the TUC, were required following a press conference held by the Union on 27 March to denounce the management of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited for violating workers’ rights.

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He stated, “We issued management a seven-day deadline, which concluded on Monday, April 3, to restore the three junior executives who were fired but are still employed by the company and to stop all abusive behaviour towards the employees.

He declared, “We are serving notifications to the management of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited, for them to genuinely listen and see to it that the three fired employees are reinstated, in order to avoid potential industrial strikes from the entire country’s workforce against the corporation.”

Mr. Ansah expressed concern that the company’s management had not complied with their demand to reinstate the fired employees, claiming that “management has not honoured our period of cautious.”

We copied the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations on our concerns, and I believe he informed us that he would personally take a close interest in the subject and see to it that it was settled amicably.

He asserted that the TUC would not remain silent while the organization’s management violated the workers’ basic human rights.

The three fired employees’ main mistake, he claimed, was to organise a union and elect themselves as its leaders, which is unheard of.

“We are issuing a warning to all employers in the nation, notably Sunon Asogli Power Limited, that they had better heed our demand and reinstate the three fired employees or risk the wrath of the workforce,” the statement reads.

We will continue to battle until our demand is met and our workers are reinstated, he declared. “Our fight is not going to end today.”

It’s our right, and we believe that employers cannot violate the rights of employees.

In February 2021, more than 68 employees of the company decided to join the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union.

The Union and the Employees underwent the required legal procedures to obtain a Collective Bargaining Certificate that gave the Union the authority to represent and bargain on behalf of the Employees with the Company.

The matter resulted in misunderstandings and ended up before the National Labour Commission, which twice ordered and decided that the company should comply and begin negotiations with the Union because the names of the workers did not come up at this point and that the certificate had been obtained legally and properly.

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