Mr Abdul-Moomin Gbana, General Sectretary, GMWU The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union (GMWU) of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on the government and employers in the mining sector to put in place adequate measures to ensure the safety of citizens engaged in lawful economic activities.
Expressing worry over the state of insecurity in the various mining communities in recent times, which has resulted in attacks on some its members, leading to multiple injuries, it said the situation should be reversed without delay.
“Let’s emphasise that it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that all its citizens are safe, whether at home or when engaged in any lawful economic activity. It is also the legal responsibility of the employer in the employment relationship to ensure that employees are safe at the workplace at all times.
“We would therefore not countenance these preventable incidents any more and would not hesitate to withdraw our services en bloc if this development persists in the sector,” the General Secretary (GS) of the GMWU, Mr Abdul-Moomin Gbana, said in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy GS, Mr Jerry Andoh, during the union’s national executive council (NEC) meeting held at Tarkwa in the Western Region, from August 19-20, 2021.
It described as unfrustrated similar attacks on some concessions such as Newmont Ahafo site, Asanko Mines, Persues Mining and Anglogold Ashanti.
Investing in security
The GMWU also urged mining companies to endeavour to review their security operations and invest in modern security infrastructure that responded to the increasing sophisticated crimes.
It said such an investment would help curb the menace and protect life and property.
The union alleged that although the governments’s ‘Operation Halt Programme’, to end illegal mining (galamsey) was positive, it could be the cause of recent invasion of legally acquired mining concessions by some displaced illegal miners.
“Often times, it results in serious clashes with our valued members, thus putting them in harm’s way. We also urge the government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to take immediate steps to provide complementary security to these mining companies and by extension the sector,” he said.
While commending the government’s plan to roll-out a National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme for illegal small-scale miners affected by the activities of Operation Halt II, it cautioned the initiative could be counterproductive if the jobs that were created out of it were not decent and sustainable.“We therefore look forward to future […]