Kpong Dam Retrofitting Project Risks Grinding To a Halt, Workers Agitate Over High Tax

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The ongoing retrofitting works at the Kpong Generation Station (dam site) risks grinding to a halt as the workers threaten to resign en bloc over what they described as overtaxing and exploitation.

Workers of Andritz Hydro and Ad Precision, the engineering firms jointly undertaking the overhauling of the dam on behalf of the Volta River Authority (VRA) said their employers have unreasonably overtaxed their basic salary over a period of two and half years and have resorted to intimidating tactics including outright dismissal to silence the former in the midst of the ongoing agitations.

According to them, one of their colleagues, Mr. Patrick Glover who doubled as the local Chairman of the Construction and Building Materials Workers Union of the Trade Union Congress was summarily dismissed for his lead role in the continued effort to get management to address the anomaly and possibly refund the excess charges.

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Information available to mynewsghana.com indicates that since a series of engagements on the issue failed to yield any tangible results, the local workers union led by its Chairman, Mr. Glover wrote a letter dated July 13, 2017 and jointly addressed to both Ad Precision and Andritz Hydro, expressing their discontentment over the unreasonable deductions and contract terms.

The action of the workers however didn’t sit well with management who summarily dismissed Mr. Glover four days later for what they described as “breach of confidentiality”.

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In the said letter dated July 17, 2017 signed by Mr. Michael Adaflagbe, the Managing Director of Ad Precision, management of the company terminated Mr. Glover’s contract with immediate effect (without notice pay) for what they also termed “gross misconduct and the circulation of internal matters to a third party, in breach of confidentiality”.

Sources in the company indicated that subsequent to this development, a crunch meeting was held on September 16, 2017 in Accra between the union, management and representatives of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in an attempt to resolve the concerns.

The meeting however ended in a deadlock with the workers insisting on a refund of the excess deductions and an immediate recall of their colleague.

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When contacted, Mr. Glover corroborated the story and indicated his resolve to use legitimate means to retrieve what he described as “hard earned money” due him.

All contacts made with Mr. Adaflagbe to lend the companies’ perspective to the development yielded no result as he declined to offer explanations on phone and would also not avail himself physically for the purpose as agreed.

Source: mynewsghana.com//Henking A. Adjase-Kodjo//Michael_teye@yahoo.com

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