Over 180 Ghanaians working with a Chinese construction company in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis were dismissed on May Day for protesting against what they described as unfair treatment being meted out to them by the management of the Chinese firm – Goodwill Ceramics Company.
Daily Guide reports that the aggrieved workers who had been working with the company which is located at Ehyiamu in Sekondi-Takoradi in the Western Region since December 2015 has for the past four months been subjected to maltreatment and infringement by the Chinese owners .
The workers who embarked on a sit-down strike on Sunday lamented that they lacked basic protective gears such as gloves and helmets and are forced to work over-time, long working hours from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm and given unfair dismissals.
Ben Adams, the workers’ union chairman, told the paper that the management of the Chinese company intentionally hid one of the company’s cutting machines in a room and later accused the head of security who doubles as the local union chairman of negligence leading to the loss of that machine. Ben Adams mentioned that the Chinese treat them badly with no regard for Ghana’s labour laws.
He added that all the workers had been asked to go home and come back for their April salary on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 after which the company would sever ties with them.