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General News of Saturday, 22 June 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Persons behind Awaso revolt won’t go scot-free – Police assure

The Bibiani Divisional Police Command in the Western North Region says it will bring to book, workers of the Ghana Bauxite mining company at Awaso who vandalized properties there.

The workers earlier this week, staged a demonstration, during which they set ablaze properties of the company including the residence of the Human Resource Manager.

They were protesting poor working conditions and the failure of management to increase their salaries.

Speaking to Citi News, the Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent John Osei Bonsu said they are picking up leads that will help them effect arrest.

“We are still investigating so as to be sure of any arrest that we make. The police were not present when the incident happened, so we now have to rely on eyewitness accounts and materials that people will give us to identify the perpetrators and arrest them. We don’t want to waste time, while the perpetrators walk away so that nothing happens at the end of the day .”

The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Kweku Asomah Cheremeh has asked the Bauxite Mining Company in Awaso to halt operations for now following violent protest by the staff.

Police are also providing protection for management of the Ghana Bauxite Company as they continue to gather information needed to resolve the matter.

Ghana Bauxite protests: Labour Ministry must address concerns of contract workers -Union

The Ghana Mineworkers Union has called on the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to step in and address the poor working conditions of contract workers in the mining sector.

According to the Union, the lack of effective legislation to regulate the prevalence of contract workers in the various mining companies has led to widespread abuse.

The Mineworkers union in a statement signed by its Deputy General Secretary, Abdul Moomin Gbana, called on the Employment Ministry to equip the labour department of the Ministry by employing a sizeable number of labour inspectors and equipping them with the requisite logistics to work effectively.

“Take steps to initiate and tighten legislation on contract employment in the country in order to eradicate the continuous abuse of workers through these emerging forms of employment.”

“Take steps to strengthen the capacity of the labour Department by employing more labour inspectors and equipping them with the appropriate logistics to effectively perform their mandate in line with the Labour Act 651.”