Ghana Mineworkers set to strike
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The Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU) has slated next Tuesday to embark on a two-week nationwide strike to protest a redundancy exercise by Goldfields Ghana Limited to layoff over 1,500 workers.

As part of the industrial action, mineworkers across the country would hoist red flags and wear red armbands, as well as hold demonstrations from March 13 to 27.

Mr Abdul Moomin-Gbana, Deputy General Secretary of the GMWU, told ADR Daily today that per the plan, mineworkers from all companies are expected to join the action in solidarity with the members at Goldfields.

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The strike action, he said, would reach a climax with a national demonstration on March 27, during which all mineworkers would lay down their tools.

According to him, the action is to prompt all stakeholders, especially the government in intervening to prevent the exercise which the Union is also challenging in court.

The Union last week declared its intention to embark on strike after the Accra High labour Court rejected the Union’s motion for an interlocutory injunction to prevent Goldfields Ghana Limited from undertaking the redundancy exercise until the final determination of the case.

According to the presiding Judge, Justice Laurenda Owusu, the mining company risks losing more if the court halted the ongoing layoffs before a determination of the substantive matter on whether they acted within the law.

The GMWU had earlier petitioned Parliament and the Presidency but criticised the government’s continued silence on the matter.

By: Fred Gadese-Mensah/

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