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15.02.2013 Special Report

Metalex Ghana Limited Accused Of Meting Out Unfair Labour Treatment On Workers

By George Osei
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Some dismissed workers of Metalex Ghana Limited have accused management of the local firm of unfair treatment in the handling of the termination of their appointments believing they have been screwed.

They are therefore appealing to the National Labour Commission (NLC) to look into the circumstances that has led to their dismissal and for the right compensation to be paid them.

According to some of the dismissed workers this reporter spoke to, they have been laid off without the payment of any compensation, adding that this is a normal practice undertaken taken by the management of the firm.

“From time to time, workers are laid off indiscriminately for no just reason despite the fact that we take great risks in the work we do”, said one who wants to remain anonymous.

He added: “Some of us have worked for up to nine years and to tell us that our services are no longer needed without any justifiable reason is not fair and we want something done about that”.

Asked to give reason as to why he thinks they have been laid off, he said they were at work back in November last year when a new General Manager (Isaac Dompra) was appointed who told them in a circular that they (management)was about to carry out reforms going into the new year.

This according to him was also confirmed by the Managing Director (K. Adjare Danquah) who said that by January this year, a list would come out detailing those whose services would be needed for the future growth of the company.

That list was issued on February 4, 2013, without the names of those agitating and they believe they have not been treated fairly as some have worked for three, four, five and up to nine years.

According to the spokesperson for the dismissed workers, Mr. Adjare Danquah said those dismissed would only be paid a months salary for their troubles with no other benefits been paid them.

They (dismissed workers) numbering 24 said they are demanding to be paid fully for the years of dedicated service they have rendered to the company and have asked the NLC look into the matter as this is clearly an infringement on their labour rights.

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