200 ATL workers sacked; other staff go 4 months without pay

200 ATL workers sacked; other staff go 4 months without pay

- 200 workers of Akosombo Textile Limited have been sacked

- Other workers have reportedly been denied their salaries for four months

- The lay-offs became necessary as a result of piracy, which has crippled the local textile industry

About 200 workers of Akosombo Textile Limited (ATL) have been sacked while the remaining staff have not been paid for the past four months, YEN.com.gh understands.

This was disclosed by the spokesperson for the Coalition of Textile Workers in Ghana, John Kofi Abeka, in an interview with Accra-based Class FM.

According to him, all efforts to get the salary arrears paid have been futile. He thus appealed to the government to intervene.

ATL fabric

ATL fabric

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Abeka said the lay-offs became necessary because piracy is killing the sale of the textiles industry.

He explained that ATL had for some time, struggled financially, for which reason the rest of the staff had not been paid for the past four months.

Abeka disclosed that after a series of complaints against piracy, the government drew a roadmap that was expected to be implemented in September 2018.

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However, as the timeline was approaching, the government invited the textile workers to a meeting only to announce that the implementation of the roadmap had been forwarded to 15th October 2018, Abeka lamented.

This postponement, he said, showed a lack of unwillingness on the part of the government to deal with the piracy menace which according to him, is killing the local textile companies.

We are in Ghana but we are working for the economies of China and other countries due to piracy, this is a huge problem that the government must deal with,” he complained.

He further stated that government, as a matter of urgency, must implement the roadmap given to deal with piracy because the canker is killing their businesses.

We don’t understand why this action cannot be taken immediately because the piracy is killing our businesses,” he stressed.

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ATL is just one of the many companies in the recent times to have sacked workers due to financial constraints.

Other firms including Vodafone, TV Africa, EIB Network, the Consolidated Bank, have all sacked workers.

This worrying trend has been attributed to what has been called a hard economy, triggered by, among other factors, the depreciation of the cedi.

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has said the NPP government is to blame for the fast fall of the cedi.

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