year’s May Day parade couldn’t have passed without a heavily conspicuous statement
being made by the Trades Union Congress of Ghana on behalf of the Maritime and
Dock workers Union of Ghana in general and in particular, workers of the Ghana
Ports and Harbours Authority.
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 the TUC has supported the Maritime and Dockworkers
Union (MDU) and other Unionized workers of the Port community to clad in an
all-red outfit within the Port Community to drum home their concerns of what
they described as government’s delay in reviewing a contract between the Ghana Ports
and Harbours Authority and Meridian Port Services (MPS).
unionized group stuck to their intentions and joined the national May Day
parade all dressed in red outfit for the Labor Day match to demonstrate and drum
home their concerns to the President of the republic to consider requesting or
persuading MPS to agree to an amendment of the contract that will allow GPHA
earn what they believe will be a fair part of their quid pro quo or benefit
just as in their view, MPS will be enjoying.
his inaugural Workers Day address to the nation and to the President of the
Republic, the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Dr. Anthony Baah,
took the opportunity to appeal to the Presidency of the Republic to accelerate
efforts in reviewing the GPHA-MPS’ port expansion concession agreement, and
seek for the necessary amendments to be made in order to guarantee the interest
of the Ghanaian worker in the Port and Maritime industry since that is one of
the few thriving areas available to the Ghanaian worker.
President if the contract is not reviewed and MPS commences operations in June
Ghana will surely lose millions of dollars in revenue in addition to over $800
million granted to MPS tax concession as part of this deal. We want to appeal
to you to intervene as a matter of urgency, to ensure that the contract between
Ghana Government and MPS is reviewed,” he appealed.
General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Dr. Anthony Baah, said aside
the probable loss of about 1400 jobs of GPHA workers, the country is being
baited to lose huge sums of annual revenue due to the monopolistic opportunities
given to the private port operator, Meridian Port Services.
the new terminal commences operations in June, with the monopolistic rights
given to MPS, GPHA and other operators at the port are going to lose huge
revenues that would lead to the collapse of many container-related businesses
which would translate into massive job losses in the maritime industry. GPHA
may declare over 1400 workers redundant in 2019 alone,” he added.
the labor groups, however, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo assured that, the creation of jobs generally is at the very top of
his government’s agenda and a lot of progress is being made in improving job
know the areas with sustainable job creation and we need well trained
technicians to build our country. We are making realistic and effective efforts
to make sure that we produce and generate work and pension,” the President of
unionized group clad in red, continued to demonstrate their displeasure by
marching through some principal streets of Accra wielding placards with various
GPHA staff union in particular expressed faith and optimism that the President
and his ministers will intervene in the matter to salvage the situation before
a serious unemployment crises and shortage of revenue hits one of the nation’s
most vibrant industry which is the Port sector.