Strike Looms Newmont Workers To Lay Down Tools

Workers of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited have threatened to lay down tools if their conditions of service is not improved.

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Workers of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited have given the company one week notice for a possible industrial action following delays in concluding negotiations on their conditions of service.

Due to the feet-dragging by the mining company, the workers say they are “left with no other option than to officially notify you in line with Section 159 of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651) and notice is hereby given today, Friday, March 13, 2015, that the Union will embark on strike to press home our demands.”

Under the Labour Act, the workers needed to give their employers seven days notice before a strike action could be declared, otherwise it would be an illegal action.

“We have observed with grave concern, management’s inertia and intransigent posturing towards the 2014 negotiations.

Our apprehension is further heightened by the protracted and the positional bargaining stance adopted by management ostensibly to unduly delay and frustrate the negotiations for our Branch & PMS Unions,” Prince William Ankrah, General Secretary of Mineworkers Union, stated in a letter sent to Newmont management and copied to the National Labour Commission.

They said it was regrettable that “your approach has escalated the already heightened expectations of our members to simmering tension beyond what the Union could contain in our constituencies in your operational sites.”

The union, which has the mandate to lead the negotiation for the workers, said, “this ugly posture cannot be entertained any longer, having exhausted our patience since October, 2014.

The monotonous, and what in our view amounts to elementary negotiations style where management keeps emphasizing its preferred approach to concluding a deal, is indeed astonishing.”

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