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Workers of the Newmont Akyem

Gold Mining Company are planning an indefinite strike to back

their demand for immediate increment in their salaries and

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The workers say there is a stalemate between Newmont Ghana Gold

Limited and Ghana Mine Workers Union over a protracted salary and

the collective bargaining agreement review, which started in

February 2014.

However, a representative of the Management told the GNA that

they were willing to negotiate a deal in the mutual interest of

all stakeholders.

The National Chairman of the Ghana Mine Workers? Union, Mr

Kwarko Mensah Gyakari, addressing a media conference, organised by

the workers of the Newmont Akyem Project, at New Abirim, appealed

to the leadership of the Union to permit them to embark on an

industrial action.

He said the Management of Newmont Akyem Project had refused

to sign the memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreed upon at the

end of their negotiation last year.

He said both parties agreed on a 10 per cent salary increase

for 2014 and 4.6 per cent for this year, including rent, leave

travels subsidy and the workers? children school fees allowances,

but the mining company had failed to implement them to relieve the

workers from numerous hardships they were facing.

Mr Gyakari said, the workers of the Newmont Akyem Project were

the lowest paid mining workers in the country.

He advised the workers to be patient as the union would soon

give the go ahead to embark on their industrial action to back

their demand if all efforts failed to materialise on their salary

review agreement.

The workers urged the leadership of the union to allow the

Management of Newmont Akyem Project to implement the ?Agenda 500?

where the least paid staff of the company should not earn less

than 500 dollars in cedi equivalent month.

When the management of Newmont Akyem Project was contacted, the

External Relations Manager of the Company, Mr Oduro Kwarteng-

Marfo, said Newmont Ghana was calling for cooperation from their

employees and the Ghana Mine Workers Union to help reach a

mutually beneficial, equitable and economically sustainable labour

agreement.

He said the mining company was willing to continue

negotiations with the union to protect the interest of the workers

through the long term sustainable operations and creation of

shared values for all their stakeholders.

Mr Oduro stated that, despite the challenging conditions

facing mining companies in the country , it was the company?s

desire to conclude the negotiations as soon as possible to enable

the company to focus on safely managing the business and

sustaining the livelihoods of the employees and the host

communities.

GNA

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