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Newmont Ghana set to recall interdicted workers

  • SOURCE: | qwesa2big

    Management of Newmont Ghana would be close of today recall two mine workers interdicted last week for breaching company rules.

    This follows an agreement reached with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Ghana Mineworkers Union.

    There has been tension at the Ahafo and Akyem mines of the firm because of stalled salary negotiations.

    The military was deployed at the mines last week to help restore order.

    However, Director of External Affairs and Communications at Newmont, Adiki Ayitevi, told Joy Business the minister’s call for the interdicted employees to be recalled to post would be heeded.

    She was, however, quick to add that the minister has clearly stated he will not in any way, interfere with the management’s rights to follow due process in taking disciplinary action against the violations.

    One of the conditions to be met before the reinstatement of the employees she noted was that the Mine Workers Union ensured that normal operations resumed by 6pm on Monday.

    Ms Ayitevi gave the assurance that the company will recall the interdicted employees per the agreement with the minister.

    “But we will continue with our investigations into the identified violations of our collective agreement, the labour laws and accompanying company laws and procedures and determine the next line of action”, she adds.

    The Employment Ministry has dispatched a team to Newmont sites in Akyem and Ahafo mines to ensure that directives to both workers and management are being respected.

    Yesterday Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu brokered a deal between Newmont workers and Management over salaries and other working conditions.

    The Minister emphasised the need to normalize Newmont’s operations.

    The mining giant has however expressed fear that the 4-day sit-down strike by its workers could significantly affect its revenues for the second quarter of the year.

    This may have implications for the dividends and taxes it pays to government and shareholders.

    The company is already reeling under a 33% cut in power supply due to the power crisis and has seen a sharp drop in production – from a 2013 output of 570,000 ounces to an expected 2015 figure of 300,000 ounces of gold.


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