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Business News of Monday, 16 January 2017

Source: GhanaWeb

Expresso workers charge on board chairman, Kwesi Pratt

Expresso workers lament over 24 months of unpaid salaries play videoExpresso workers lament over 24 months of unpaid salaries

Workers of Telecommunication Company, Expresso, have expressed frustration over the non-payment of salaries by management or the board chairman, Kwesi Pratt

According to the workers, they have not been paid for more than two years, adding that all efforts to get their salaries have proven futile.
“We have been working for more 24 months without pay but management is not telling us anything positive. Our SSNIT, 2nd tier as well as the provident fund and medical bills have not being paid since 2013”.

“We don’t even know who the owners of Expresso are. We are human and they should at least the explain issues to us. We come in every morning, go back when the day is over. Such is the routine as we are still working,” they lamented to GhanaWeb.

Some of the workers cited that the situation has made life unbearable.
“Our land lords are on our necks and some of us have even been evicted. Our children are home because we cannot pay their fees, water bills have all jammed up and we are unable to pay because of that ECG has disconnected our lights”

Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of National Labour Commission (NLC), Charles Bawa Duah told GhanaWeb, the workers have not filed any formal complaint against the telecommunication company.

In response, the workers explained that they are not able to meet the financial implication of a hearing with the NLC.
Workers of Telecommunications Company Expresso held press conference September last year giving management the 1st week of October, 2016 to pay them all arrears owed them or face their wrath.

History

Expresso has been facing financial and operational challenges for years. The telecom operator has been struggling to secure an investor for some time now, the development has led to a reduction in Expresso’s market share to about 0.36% as at the first quarter of last year.

Earlier some players within the telecom industry warned that the company risks folding up if it fails to find an investor soon.




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