Job insecurity ICU demands apology from Mahama over 'smart business' comment

The ICU has called on President John Mahama to render an apology to Ghanaian businesses over his 'smart business comment'.

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The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) is demanding an apology from the President concerning his ‘smart business’ comment on May Day.

President John Dramani Mahama delivering a speech to mark Workers’ Day remarked that amid reports that some companies had laid off workers due to the power crisis, smart businesses were not laying off workers, but were rather investing to improve their production capacities.

He made reference to Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), which recently procured a new production plant worth $100 million to double the company’s production capacity.

Speaking on the Ultimate Breakfast Show on Ultimate 106.9FM, ICU General Secretary, Solomon Kotei said the president owes Ghanaian businesses and investors an apology.

“If it is not written on his paper, then I’m calling for forgiveness, but if it written on his paper, then it is a well cut-out plan to come and infuriate others, who have invested their monies in this country. If it is that position, then he must come out as the President that we know to say: ‘I’m sorry,” he noted.

The current energy crisis has led to many businesses laying off workers due to high production cost. Businesses are compelled to use generators due to power fluctuation. The main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) had earlier described the remark as “insensitive” to Ghanaian businesses and investors.

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