Ghana will punish foreign firms abusing local workers

The government of Ghana will revoke the free zones license given to companies that are found to be maltreating Ghanaian workers, Minister of Labor and Employment Relations warned here Wednesday.

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Haruna Iddrisu gave the warning after receiving reports of ill-treatment meted out to an employee of Gateway Logistics Limited in Takoradi, the Western Regional capital, 225 km west of the national capital, Citi News, a private radio reported.

Haruna Iddrisu
Haruna Iddrisu
The employee, the report said, was chained to a container by his Italian supervisor, Manlio Maggiorotto, for allegedly loitering around during working hours.

In another incident, an employee of Peterpan Restaurant in Accra was slapped with a piece of hot pizza by her Korean employer because she supervised a pizza that got burnt.

Speaking at the inauguration of the board of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission here, Iddrisu said his Ministry was currently looking into all issues of worker maltreatment by foreign companies operating in the country.

“We’ve jointly taken a position on the matter not to end at the condemnation of the act which is an affront to our labor legislations and practices in Ghana but to punish same and therefore appropriate steps are being taken, even if it means a revocation of that free zones license,” he said.

Iddrisu said the state was not only empowered by its constitution to take disciplinary action against companies who abused the rights of citizens but also by international conventions on labor.

“The rights of workers will continuously be upheld and respected by this government and all public institutions,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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