Ghana Petroleum Workers Threaten Strike Over Partiality Among Multinational Companies

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Petroleum workers are demanding from government to sanction those companies who seem to disregard labour laws which uphold fairness and equality among all employees.

The Ghana Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union are threatening a nationwide strike should government not look into the partiality rampant in multinational companies as regards local workers and  expatriates. The Petroleum workers are demanding from government to sanction those companies who seem to disregard labour laws which uphold fairness and equality among all employees.

The strike is aimed at gingering government to look into the unfair working conditions of Ghanaians in multinational or expatriates companies. Giving an instance, Mr Bernard said that an engineer who is a Ghanaian is paid 2000 cedis and the multinationals are paid between 6000 and 7000 cedis, which is ridiculously partial.

This unfair treatment saga has been trending in the Ghana labour sector for some time now. Workers have maintained that there is a disparity in the wages of Ghanaians and that of foreign workers in the same company. For this same reason, about nineteen workers at MODEC whom embarked on a strike for better working conditions were sacked by the management.

MODEC which is a a private company working on Ghana’s FPSO vessel on the Jubilee oil field sacked 19 Ghanaian workers in 2014 for embarking on a sit down strike over poor conditions of service as compared to their expatriate colleagues on the storage vessel.

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Facts have it that they were replaced by foreigners and the foreigners were paid more than double of what the Ghanaians were paid. The nineteen staff are currently challenging their dismissal in court.

The President of the Ghana Transport, Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union, Bernard Owusu, has said they will insist till their welfare is protected.

The union is asking that their voice be heard because they would not relent in their bid for fairness. Mr Bernard said they “will not allow multinationals to come to Ghana and disregard labour rules”.

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The union is really hoping the strike will motivate hastened intervention of the government as the situation is getting out of control.