Aggrieved workers of Noble hair go to Labour Commission
10/9/2010 10:22:46 AM -
Tema, Oct 8, GNA - Some aggrieved workers of the Rebecca Fashions Ghana Limited, manufacturers of Noble artificial hair, have appealed to the Ghana Labour Commission to investigate alleged victimization and mistreatment of workers by management of the company.
The aggrieved workers, numbering 10, told the Ghana News Agency in Tema that they had worked as permanent workers for the Chinese Company since November 18, 2009 without appointment letters.
They alleged that management had refused to fulfill a verbal agreement to pay workers transportation, provident fund, feeding fee and Social Security.
Miss Eunice Nartey and Miss Ernestina Tamaklou, spokespersons for the aggrieved workers, alleged that apart from failing to provide them with allowances, management sacked a pregnant colleague without any cause.
Miss Nartey and Miss Tamaklou said a one-month extension period was given to their colleague after they interceded on her behalf.
They alleged that on Thursday another pregnant colleague was sacked without any benefits after returning to work from the hospital.
According to them one other colleague was sacked while the remaining eight were given one-week suspension each for protesting against the mistreatment of their pregnant colleague.
They alleged that working conditions were not conducive as they worked in the heat without any fan and also had to bear their own medical bills.
They said they reported the matter to the company's head office in Accra where they were instructed to report to work on Friday at the factory, located in warehouse number three at the premises of the Ghana Textile Manufacturing Company (GTMC).
The 10 workers, however, alleged that management sacked them when they reported for work on the grounds of reporting them to their bosses.
The matter has since been reported to the Ghana Labour Commission for redress.
Manufacturing Manager of the Company, responding to the allegations, told the GNA through an interpreter that none of their workers was permanent as they were all under training.
The Manager, who refused to give his name, said permanent workers would be employed when the company moved to its new premises at the Free Zone Area in Tema.
He denied sacking some employees due to their pregnancy, adding that they were sacked for violating the company's regulations and destroying fibers.
When asked which regulations the workers violated, he referred this reporter to the company's head office in Accra.