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Unacceptable refusal to bring back fired employees – The miners smack Sunon Asogli

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The attitude of Sunon Asogli Ghana Limited’s refusal to reinstate their fired local leaders who are employees of the firm has been deemed inappropriate by the Ghana Mine Workers Union of TUC.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has already given notice that it will launch a national protest in support of the union on May 9, 2023, calling for the reinstatement of their local officials.

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Abdul-Moomin Gbana, general secretary of the union, demanded that the government step in and that the business respect the rights of its employees in an interview with Citi News.

Asogli Sunon Ghana needs to be able to uphold the law and work with unions in the now and the future. The government must take a firm stand on this matter and ensure that the appropriate steps are implemented. The general secretary of the Ghana Mine Workers Union of TUC emphasised that the government must be concerned about this situation.

Background

On April 5 and 6, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and its affiliates announced that they would hold a statewide demonstration on May 9, 2023, in support of the Ghana Mine Workers Union of the TUC.

The protest is a result of Sunon Asogli Ghana Limited’s refusal to rehire local union executives who also happen to be employed by the corporation. The demonstration will take place at Kpone, close to the location of Sunon Asogli Ghana Limited.

The union claims that the local leader’s dismissal was due to their affiliation with the Ghana Mine Workers Union, which is a part of the Trades Union Congress.

Sunon Asogli, however, denied such charges in a statement released on May 4th.

On April 6, the union’s general secretary, Abdul-Moomin Gbana, responded to this on Citi News and referred to Sunon Asogli’s response as ludicrous.

In light of this, the Ghana Mine Workers Union has announced that on May 9 it will hold a statewide protest to press its demands.

“The TUC and all of its 23 affiliates will converge at Kpone, right where the corporation operates, to show that the rights of employees must be respected to the company and the rest of the world. They cannot be altered. There will undoubtedly be a number of actions after May 9th, but we are hoping that before then, something unexpected will take place that will lead to the workers’ reinstatement; if not, we will persist with the plan.

He further mentioned that a meeting with the union to find a cooperative solution to their requests was held on Friday, May 5, 2023, with an associate of the corporation, Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede.

Speaking to the media on April 5, Joshua Ansah, the deputy secretary general of the Trades Union Congress, added that the union is committed to seeing that the fired employees receive justice.

As a result, “we are reviewing our internal mechanisms, including serving notices to the appropriate agencies, including the Public Order Act, and for our potential actions, which include picketing. If we still do not have an answer to our demand, it will be escalated into a potential strike action,” the statement continued.

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