May Day: Oil Workers Want Equal Pay
At the Takoradi Jubilee grounds parade where workers in and around the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis converged, the workers held placards calling for fair wages and better conditions of work.
The Relations Officer of the Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union, Richard Hanson told Citi News that Ghanaian Petroleum workers are unfairly paid for equal work due to non-enforcement of the labour and local content laws.
“As National Union, time and tide again we have advocated for a national salary structure for oil and Gas sector. Off course, this call has fell on the death-ears of the government, but we think that it is something that it is achievable. So we continue to engage the stakeholders to get this salary structure implemented. Not withstanding that, there is also a pronouncement by President Akufo Addo in enforcing Section 68 of the Labour Act, which is about Equal-Work for Equal-Pay.
“So we still want to urge the President that whereas he is calling for Equal-Work for Equal-Pay, it must be a holistic agenda to put Ghanaian workers at-par with the expatriates if they are doing the same work and have the same qualification.”
The Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union, however, want the Petroleum Commission to also enforce its laws to end the invasion by expatriate workers and companies at the downstream Oil and Gas activities meant for locals.