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20.06.2008 Editorial

This is unfair treatment, UDEC

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Some pundits have attributed the upsurge of armed robbery in Developing Countries to lack of jobs for the youth, who mostly indulge in this criminal act. Indeed, it would be very difficult for one to dispute this fact looking at the high unemployment rate, especially among the youth as compared to the Developed Countries.

It is based on this that The Chronicle finds as very worrying the reported failure of the UDEC Ghana Limited, a construction firm based in Accra to pay its workers who are mostly in the youth bracket for the past two months. According to a story which we carried yesterday, the 115 workers of the company are frustrated because apart from being asked to go home, their two months salaries and other benefits have also not been paid to them.

Considering the fact that the workers have wives and children that they have to provide for, one can imagine what is going to happen to these dependants of the dismissed employees, if the company continues to drag its feet about the payment of salaries to the workers. If there is genuine reason why management of the company cannot pay the workers, the best thing to do is to explain the situation to the staff, instead of asking them to proceed home when they have not been paid for the services they have rendered to the company.

Since Beninois investors own the company, The Chronicle calls on the government to intervene on behalf of the workers by making sure that they have paid what is due them. We do not think the labour laws would even allow management of the company to ask the workers go home without any form of compensation let alone their legitimate salaries.

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