Workers of Dangote Cement Ghana Limited staged a demonstration in Tema on Friday to protest against their low salaries and poor working conditions.
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The workers who had boycotted food served them at the company’s canteen for one week as part of strategy to press home their demands at management of the company were seen clad in red shirts and armbands.
The demonstrators numbering 500 workers in all chanted and sang war songs amid drumming and dancing.
They carried placards which read, “Where is the salary structure,’’ ‘‘No structure, No work, MD,’’ "Today you are late for work,’’ ‘‘Tunde must go,’’ and threatened to continue with the agitation until the management of the company had addressed their concerns.
Thomas Ngba, the local union chairman alleged that the management of the company failed to implement the contents of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with the union in 2015 which among other things stated clearly the development of a salary structure for the workers.
The MoU made recommendations for various allowances including night, height and out of station allowances for factory workers and drivers, the procurement of safety gears for factory workers and loaders, cement allowance, which were all stated in the collective agreement (CA) of 2010, but were yet to be implemented fully.
They also queried why management would procure 150 new trailer trucks for the transportation and delivery of cement nationwide, when management claimed its profit margins had hit a record low.
A team of policemen were deployed from the Tema regional police command to the company’s premises to restore law and order.