- Staff of ECG in Eastern Region are demanding a severance package in the event of ECG's sale to a new company
- The Energy Minister says those that receive the package should not expect to be transferred to the new company
Boakye Agyarko, the Minister for Energy has said that staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana demanding a severance package should be prepared to exit their positions after receipt of the package.
The minister was responding to the protests by the ECG staff in the Eastern Region, demanding severance package due to government’s plan to place the company on concession.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of the Eastern Region staff, Abraham Lincoln, the local chairman of the of the Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) said that government ought to pay the ECG staff a severance package if the ECG will be placed on concession and some staff are moved to the new company.
However, the Energy Minister on Wednesday stated that if workers of the ECG decided to leave, a severance package would be given to them, but they should not expect to be taken in under the new company.
“You have made a decision to sever your relations with ECG, and it should not put you in faithful expectation that going forward you have a job with the new company. So it is opened, all the ECG workers who want to leave and not join the new company are at liberty to do so and their severance so arranged,” Agyarko said, according to a Starrfmonline.com report.
He added that employees have the liberty to transfer to the new company along with the pre-existing benefits from the ECG and new ones.
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