Petroleum workers advised not strike over salary disparity

Petroleum workers advised not strike over salary disparity

- Labour unions advised not make strike their first option during employer-employee grievances

- Labour expert, Austin Gamey says the Ghana Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union should refer to the labour commission

- The Union accused the expatriates’ workers of unfair treatment, particularly regarding salaries and other conditions of work 

Petroleum workers advised not strike over salary disparity

Labour expert, Austin Gamey

Members of the Ghana Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union have been warned to desist from any intended strike.

According to labour expert, Austin Gamey resorting to an industrial action as a means of addressing their grievances is illegal. He urged the group to refer to the labour commission.

Workers in the above mention union are complaining of salary disparities between local and expatriate workers in the industry. They complained that whereas the local staff receive GHC  2000, their colleague expatriate workers receive GHC 7,000 cedis even though they have the same qualification and job description.

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But in an interview with Citi Business News the respected labour expert advised the workers to exhaust all avenues in resolving their grievances before considering a strike.

“If you are negotiating and you cannot achieve your wish, you don’t go on strike that is a cowardly way of doing things, you go to the National Labour Commission either through mediation or arbitration because there is finality to everything and that is the law,” he stressed.

He explained that salaries of expatriate workers are mostly calculated using the economic benchmarks of the country they migrate from.

 

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