Demo at Greenhouse International shines light on tensions in foreign-owned Ghanaian firms

Demo at Greenhouse International shines light on tensions in foreign-owned Ghanaian firms

The perennial tensions that arise between Ghanaians working for foreign-owned heavy industrial companies have reared their ugly heads as workers of a Chinese construction firm protest "inhuman treatment."

Workers of Greenhouse International Development Ghana Limited, a Chinese construction firm operating in Ashaiman and Afienya in the Greater Accra Region, are reportedly aggrieved due to what they have described as inhumane treatment in the hands of their foreign managers.

The report sighted by has it that the workers feel suppressed by their managers as all other internal avenues meant to rectify issues have proven null and void.

The workers are therefore demonstrating their dissatisfaction and withdrawing their labour for sometime.

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One worker who spoke on behalf of the others said: “No salary increment for quite some years now. No leave. We can’t attend hospital. No insurance. No SSNIT.”

“We are slaves to the Chinese now. If somebody is sick after working for the company, the company does not look after that person."

Another employee, a woman, also drew attention to alleged harassment at the workplace.

“If we are working, especially the workers that see that they are above us, they will come and be pressing your (private parts). If you refuse, then they will start insulting you or threaten to sack you.”

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Reports say efforts to speak to managers of the Greenhouse International Development Ghana Limited were unsuccessful.

This new development is the latest one in a very long history of tensions in foreign-owned companies in Ghana. Usually, most of the tensions and protests are seen in industrial companies.

Ghana's investment promotion over the last 30 years have seen hundreds of multinational firms as well as thousands of smaller companies set up offices in Ghana.

Although the media highlights the treatment of Ghanaians in foreign companies every now and then, governmental pressure does not really follow the publicity.

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