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14.11.2008 Business & Finance

UNICOF to strike against Procredit

By The Statesman

The Union of Industry Commerce and Finance workers of the Ghana Trades Union Congress have threatened a massive strike action this November against certain constraints and negative developments in the labour sector.

As a sign of seriousness, the union began a temporary sit down strike yesterday to enable it challenge the management of Procredit, a financial institution in court over a suit against its General Secretary, Kofi Davoh.

A release signed by Daniel Antwi-Bosiako, National Chairman of UNICOF to The Statesman said they were surprised by the decision of the management of Procredit to sue its General Secretary over a comment he made on the conduct of the bank's officials regarding unionization moves.

In a subsequent letter to the Minister of Manpower, Youth & Employment, Nana Akomea, Mr Antwi-Bosiakio said the union had taken strong notice of the union-busting activities of the bank"s management and the purported termination of the Vice Chairman of Procredit Local Union without reason.

The release further stated that the union was worried about suppression of rights to Freedom of Association and to membership which frequently occur at the bank.

Daniel Antwi-Bosiako said other reasons for their action were the danger of expulsion, which normally affect the livelihoods of Ghanaian workers.

Further, they were against the "principle of termination without reason' and the lawsuit against the General Secretary and the entire membership of UNICOF by Procredit for commenting on its behaviour on these matters.

He has therefore directed members and Local Unions to hoist red flags and wear red arm bands in solidarity with the National Executive Committee's decision.

He said they would begin a full strike action from 24th November, if officials fail to resolve the matter amicably.