Volta Star Textiles Workers Demonstrate Over Unpaid Salaries

Volta Star Textiles Workers Demonstrate Over Unpaid Salaries

Workers of Volta Star Textiles Company Limited at Juapong in the Volta region are demonstrating at the factory over unpaid nine months salaries.

According to the agitated workers, management has shown bad faith as it has defaulted in the payment of the salary arrears since December 2014.

Spokesperson for the aggrieved workers, Esianyo Lord said the situation is adversely affecting their lives and families.

“We have not been paid for 10 months and each time we threaten strike management will calm us down with a promise to settle its indebtedness,” he explained.

“We will not return to work until President Mahama comes to explain things to us,” he told Joy News.

Lord also revealed that workers of the company have not received their back pay, yearly increments as well as Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions which is currently in arrears of over 5 months.

The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan said government was committed to addressing the issue.

He said government does not have a problem paying the salaries but has a challenge with the arrears, noting that the monies cannot be paid at a go.

The company is not on government payroll, the minister noted, “they pay themselves through their production but they are under-producing at the moment even though they have an off-taker."

 

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