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07.08.2006 General News

Kumasi Abattoir workers turn violent against management

By Benjamin Aidoo
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A swift response by the Ashanti regional police saved the management of the kumasi Abattoir from being beaten up by the workers of the company.

This followed workers agitation on the insensitive attitude of management towards their working conditions. Our reporter , reports that but the swift response of the police and their heavy presence at the yard of the Abattoir , some nasty incidents and casualties
could have been recorded.

The workers mostly in red band accused management of the Abattoir in mismanaging the compamy. They accused management for not heeding to their call to improve upon their working conditions.

Some showing our repoter various work related injuries claimed that management has refused to pay compensation to them. They added that though they were expected to work for 40 hours during the week days , management have refused to cater for additional working hours as
enshrined in their collctive bargaining agreement.

When our reporter visit Abattoir , there were heavy police personnel with the Abattoir closed . The agitated workers were also there chanting war songs and had refused to go to work unless the
management had been removed.

Our reporter arrived just as the police were whisking the management team away. According to the police the incident nearly turned
nasty when an official of the management team was said to have fired warning shots but was overpowered by the workers and the pistol taken.
The workers hooted at the management team as they were been taken away.

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