-The Ghana Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union has threatened to strike over unfair work conditions
- The aggrieved workers have complained that their employers pay them lesser than that of their foreign counterparts
The Ghana Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union says members of the union are bound to embark on a nationwide strike if government fails to sanction Multinational companies that flout the country’s labour laws.
The threat of the strike action follows prolonged concerns over the unfair treatment and wage disparity between local workers and their foreign colleagues.
President of the Union, Bernard Owusu, has revealed that they have no option than to strike until government addresses their concerns.
“For instance, an engineer who is a Ghanaian is paid 2000 cedis and the multinationals are paid between 6000 and 7000 cedis. So we are asking government to listen to what we are saying because we will not allow multinationals to come to Ghana and disregard our labour rules. This shouldn’t be the case but that is what we are facing now, we will use all the legal means even if we have to go on a nationwide strike, we would resort to that.” Bernard Owusu stated.
The Rights of the worker, under Article 10 of Ghana's Labour Laws stipulates that a worker has the right to:
(a) work under satisfactory, safe and healthy conditions;
(b) receive equal pay for equal work without distinction of any kind;
(e) be trained and retained for the development of his or her skills; and
(f) receive information relevant to his or her work. - clauses which workers of the Union argue have not being adhered to by their employers.