The ten communities including Kenyase no. 1 and 2, Ntotoroso, Yamfo, twekyere, nwamehweneso, Adobaa, Afisepa-Kurom, Gyedu and other sub communities will come Tuesday hit the streets to demonstrate massively against Newmont and all their subsidiary companies operating on the soils of Ahafo, the New Crusading Guide has gathered.
According to the Chairman for Omanbotantim Association, Kennedy Adu Agyei, Newmont had defied an employment agreement between them and the company, and had however necessitated an immediate action against them.
He explained that under the employment agreement, Newmont was supposed to offer the communities 24% of skilled labor as their employment quota, and 100 % of unskilled labor, but on the contrary most of the jobs, whether it required skilled or unskilled labor had been given to foreigners.
Mr. Agyei further cited Geo Drill, a construction company contracted by Newmont to man some part of its operations; they had placed adverts for vacancies like cook, Pump Attendants, Offsiders and Workshop Assistants, but to their surprise, the jobs had been given to non-locals despite interviews attended by the locals.
“We are going on a massive demonstration against Newmont on Tuesday coming’s week, we are going to sack all their contractors working on our land, they cannot take us for granted. If Newmont is not ready to look into this so our agreement with them can be fulfilled, then we are also going to make sure they leave our land”, he warned.
Incensed by the neglect, Mr. Agyei said some members of the Omanbotantim Association and some other opinion leaders from the various communities, in a meeting had requested for data on the number of locals and non locals Newmont had employed over the years, but to no avail.
He believes the data would enable the association and the entire communities know the number of locals employed as Newmont portrays to the world.
“Normally what they do is that they only give short term jobs to the locals, for just about a week to three, and when the contract expires they still keep their names in their data base, and put them together in percentage, to make it look as if they have given some employment to the locals. Most of the jobs are given to non-locals”, he added.
But Newmont’s Senior Director of Communications and External Affairs, Adiki Ayitevie in an interview said they had met with members of the Association and other members from the communities last Wednesday, and their concerns had been received for redress.
Source: Samuel Ansah Boateng