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Regional News Mon, 1 Jul 2013

Petroleum workers threaten to demonstrate over union rights

Members of the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union are threatening a massive demonstration against African Oil Field Services in the Western Region in the next few days.

The union has accused African Oil Field Services of victimizing Ghanaian workers in the company after it attempted to get unionized to ensure the protection of their rights.

According to Francis Sallah, Senior Industrial Relations Officer of the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union, the company has refused to comply with the labour laws of the country.

“After several attempts to meet them to sign the verification forms, finally we met them a month ago, and they refused to sign the document.”

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The union which is one of the 19 unions of the trade union congress, said one of the leaders of the workers in African Oil Field Services, Abraham Harrison Afful, has since been dismissed.

Francis Sallah revealed that: "three weeks ago, a tool got broken and he has been dismissed after the general manager and supervisor entered into a three minute meeting. He asked for what reason and they simply said he has been fired.’’

He mentioned that: “the General Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union has written to the regional labour department for redress. The labour department served the general manager of African Oil Field Services, Gordin Maccullock, with a letter, but he refused to attend the meeting.”

"These expatriates come here, and they think they can have their way, but we will stop them. If the authorities don’t intervene, the protest that we will launch in this region, the whole Takoradi will come to a standstill. We have the numbers to do this,” he fumed.

Source: citifmonline
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