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Mineworkers Warn Govt Over Contract Mining - Daily Guide

Monday, 7 May 2018

William Ankrah (right) presenting a package to one of the raffle winners at the event. 

General Secretary of the Ghana Mineworkers’ Union (GMWU), Prince William Ankrah, has cautioned government against contract mining.

He gave the warning at a get-together and raffle for members of GMWU at Rattray Park in Kumasi to mark the May Day Celebration.

According to him, “A new trend is emerging in the mining sector where some management of companies, under the guise of contract mining, are converting permanent jobs into fixed term contracts.”

He indicated that “the union has, at various forums, raised concerns about this precarious work environment being forced on the Ghanaian mineworker, and it appears our political leaders are not appreciating the dangers of contract mining and the effect it will have on PAYE which is a major source of revenue for the country.”

Mr Ankrah said, “For instance a permanent worker who earns about the cedi equivalence of $900 a month is likely to receive half of that amount under contract mining when engaged on fixed term.”

According to him, “It definitely will impact on PAYE and also the pension of the employee.”

Even though mining sector constitute under one percent of the job market in Ghana, mineworkers account for 18 percent of total PAYE in the country, because there is appreciable salaries in the mining sector.”

He wondered why government would permit contract mining that would make hardworking Ghanaians retire and live in poverty and misery.”

“Nobody is standing in the way of businesses to make profit, but that should not be at the expense of better conditions of service for employees.”

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