Gold Fields Ghana lays off 1500 workers

Gold Fields Ghana lays off 1500 workers

- Gold Fields Ghana has laid off over 1,500 workers

- The move forms part of changes being implemented by the company

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Over 1,500 workers of mining firm, Gold Fields Ghana Limited will soon be laid off. The lay off, YEN.com.gh understands, forms part of changes being implemented currently by the firm.

Gold Fields Ghana lays off 1500 workers

The Asanko gold mine processing plant. Source: Gold Fields Limited Facebook

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However, the workers who are obviously displeased by the decisionare agitating and have threatened management in the coming days.

Many of them are expected to be terminated completely while others will be re-engaged on contract basis and reports suggest the termination letters may be ready as early as Wednesday, December 13.

Justifying the decision, the company's Vice President in charge of communication, David Johnson explained that it was necessary for the company's future as "we have changed our business module from owner mining to contract mining.”

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“We have come to a point in our operations where we need to make strategic decision which is the preferred business module to work with,” he added in an interview on Starr FM.

Mr. Johnson, however, revealed that it was not all just gloom for the affected workers because 80% of them will be absolved while the rest will be duly compensated.

Over 80% of the workforce will be absolved by the contractor… as per the collective bargaining agreement there is a package that has already been decided and signed off. And it has already been arranged,” Johnson stressed.

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