The Ghana Mine Workers’ Union says it will not relent on its quest to seek improved working conditions for contract employees in the mining sector.
The union demanded that the move should afford such workers all the benefits that are due full time employees and secure their welfare.
This follows an accident at Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine in which six contract employees were killed while working on the mining company’s mill expansion project.
The Mine Workers’ Union has insistently oppose the idea contract mining within the industry, arguing that it leaves the average Ghanaian mine worker vulnerable.
“As a union, we expect that we will be able to lift our game. Like I indicated, the whole idea of general contract work and its associated conditions are clearly things we need to sit up and look at as a tripartite, that is, organized labor, employers and government,” Deputy General Secretary of the union, Abdul Momeen said.
“Because the nature or the pace at which the employment trends are gradually taking a certain trend and shape, if we’re not careful these are the kinds of things we’re going to see it manifest,” he added.
Meanwhile, a statement from Newmont Ghana sighted by footprint2africa.com, said that two other workers, who got injured from the unfortunate incident on Saturday April 7, 2018, have been treated and discharged.
“The entire Newmont family is devastated by this tragic accident and our priority is to provide support to the families, friends and co-workers of the deceased,” the statement quoted Alwyn Pretorius, Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont’s Africa Operations, as saying.
The miner has, as a result of the accident, suspended its operations.