GPHA Shopfloor scolds MDU for dismissal calls

Tema, The Shop Floor of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority in Tema says the Maritime and Dockworkers Union’s (MDU) call for the dismissal of the boss of Tema Shipyard and Drydocks Company had no basis in law and unionism.

The MDU had caused the publication of its resolution passed on 14 September 2017 which among others called for the dismissal of Captain Francis K.B Micah, the acting Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Samuel A.N. Adjar, the Administrative Manager, because they had failed to keep a united, and disciplined workforce

According to Mr Emmanuel Arhin, The Chief Shop Steward, the publication headlined: Sack Tema Shipyard CEO”, purported to be a resolution passed by the Tema District Council of the Union (MDU) but was rather a decision taken by a few in the MDU hierarchy.

At a press conference in Tema, he said as you may know, the Tema Drydock and Shipyard is a subsidiary of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, therefore, the Shop Floor, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the Drydock and Shipyard express our disappointment and condemn this repulsive action.

It is also clear that, it was deliberately done to put G.P.H.A and for that matter Tema Shipyard in the news for the wrong reasons and cause public disaffection for the Authority, he said.

According to Mr Arhin, We find it strange that, the Union (MDU), will depart from its main precept of protecting and defending workers and make such a bizarre call.

To gently remind you, the Labour law under sections 108, 153, 154 and Collective Agreement jointly signed by the Union (MDU) and Management of Tema Drydock and Shipyard spells out grievance settlement procedures. Therefore, as an aggrieved party and fundamentally, a signatory to the agreement, your call should be to follow due process not the news-headline path, he said.

He scolded the General Secretary of MDU for not attending to the needs of the workers by not visiting to ascertain their conditions at work.

To put on record, since you assumed office as the General Secretary, you have shown gross disrespect to G.P.H.A workers hence your refusal to even meet and interact with the Shop Floor not to talk of the entire workforce.

He threatened that But be informed of the concrete intentions of G.P.H.A workers to sever ties with the Union (MDU) and join the more responsive, respectful and proactive PSMDU saying that, We shall very soon write to notify Management of G.P.H.A of this intention and start the process thereof.

Responding in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Owusu Koranteng, General Secretary, MDU, said more than 80 union executives including that of GPHA met on 14 September and unanimously passed the resolution.

He said the resolution was necessary because there had been cases of assault at the Tema Shipyard which had gone unpunished though reported and that could result in a messy work environment.

According to Mr Koranteng, he had visited the shopfloor twice and was in always in touch with their local union executives

Source: Ghana News Agency