Engage in good-faith dialogue on all concerns, Newmont urges contractor employees
3/7/2013 10:33:38 PM -
New Abirem(E/R), March 7, GNA - Newmont Ghana has called on employees of two construction contractors working on the Akyem Project to engage in a good-faith dialogue with their employers for a safe and responsible resolution of all concerns.
In a release copied to the GNA, the company said it would continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure a safe and productive working environment as the construction phase of the project nears its end as expected.
It noted that the Akyem Project continues to enjoy strong support from nearby communities which are eager to benefit from the economic and social development the operation will bring.
The release said following the protests by some construction workers seeking additional compensation as their contract winds down as planned, the Regional and District Security Committees, Newmont Ghana, individuals representing the protesting employees and community leaders agreed to participate in a dialogue for an amicable solution to all concerns.
It said Newmont Ghana would continue to engage with the local communities to create alternative economic development opportunities, including support for local business development and funding quality of life initiatives.
The release said these are besides the existing economic benefits the project already provides to local communities through goods and services purchases, job opportunities and infrastructure investments.
It said Newmont Ghana has trained more than 180 young men and women through the four-year Apprenticeship and heavy duty operators' programmes to equip local youth with the necessary skills to fill positions at Akyem.
The release said despite these and other efforts, over the next several months, as construction activities at the site winds down, the company expects increased job anxiety over the reduced need for construction workers.
It said during the winding down of construction phase, which provides highest number of jobs, it is more important than ever that 'all employees remain focused on working safely and responsibly'.