Aggrieved ex-workers of AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Ltd (AGA) have ordered the Ghana Mine Workers Union to stay away from representing them in any matter that has to do with resolving human rights issues arising out of a 2013/2014 redundancy exercise.
At a meeting held on May 30, 2019 at the instance of the Chief Labour Officer of the Labour Department in Accra to resolve issues of pressing demand by the ex-workers against their former employers, the ex-workers raised preliminary objection to the presence of the Ghana Mine Workers Union whose General Secretary is Prince William Ankrah.
“We are instructed by members not to meet with Mine Workers Union unless you are able to convince us, so we advice that they excuse us for us to agree [on their] status in the meeting”, the leader of the group, Alex Frimpong, told the Chairman of the meeting.
The ex-workers position against their dues-taking Union, which represented them during negotiations of the redundancy exercise, is because they feel the Union has not duly and well represented them in the debacle over unpaid compensations.
Over 3900 ex-workers, whom some have died, are demanding human rights restoration as a result of partial fulfillment of the 2013/2014 redundancy exercise by AngloGold Ashanti. Among these human rights request is payment of a “special compensatory pay”.
On 3rd May 2019, a municipal security council meeting was held in Obuasi with leadership of the disclocated workers of the mine and management of the company. The meeting agreed that the ex-workers call of their impending demonstration which arose as a result of the failure of AGA to honour invitations by the Chief Labour Officer, Mr. Eugene Narh Korletey, to address the impasse over unpaid compensation.