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Workers of cotton company demonstrate in Tamale

2010-09-29 20:25:12
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Staff of Ghana Cotton Company Limited in Tamale on Wednesday, September 29, went on a peaceful demonstration against the Management of the company over poor working conditions.

The protestors wore red arm bands and held placards with inscriptions such as “Prez Mills we are dying,” “We need better salaries,” “Pay us our six months accumulated salaries,” and “We don’t need the acting Managing Director” among other concerns.

They marched through some principal streets beginning from the industrial area through Lamashegu to the Tamale Township amidst singing and dancing and finally converged at the Regional Coordinating Council where they presented their petition to President John Mills.

The aggrieved staff dropped a copy of the petition at the Tamale Chiefs palace before proceeding to the Regional Coordinating Council.

Reading some portions of the petition, Mr. Zaunah Raphael, Chairman of the Senior Staff Association emphatically stated that they the workers have been denied their six months salaries thereby making life unbearable for them and their families.

He accused the current management of wasting the company’s limited resources on misplaced priorities to the neglect of the poor but hard working staff.

Mr. Raphael asserted that Mr. Kingsley Oseiku, the current acting Managing Director was illegally imposed on the staff and attributed their untold hardships to what he described as “his incompetence”.

According to the Chairman of the Senior Staff Association, the company has since 2008 lacked a Board of Directors that should have supervised his appointment as the Acting Managing Director.

He therefore called for his immediate dismissal and demanded the re-instatement of Mr. Frimpong Asante who he said was allegedly fired through the acting Managing Director’s machinations.
He said as a result of a similar protest in 2009, majority of the staff particularly drivers were transferred from Tamale to Bolgatanga which led to the pre-matured resignation of one of them called Mr. Awudu (alias Awudor).

The aggrieved protestors also accused Mr. Mahama Ayariga, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry of conniving with the Acting Managing Director who they hinted is collapsing the company.
Mr. Raphael demanded answers for reasons behind Mr. Mahama Ayariga’s failure to forward their earlier petition to H.E President Mills after meeting with them in August this year.


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