Fifteen workers of Mobicrane, an oil and gas service provider in Sekondi Takoradi in the Western region, have been dismissed joining the General Transport, Chemical and Petroleum Workers Union of the TUC.
But management of the company says the workers were dismissed because the company was operating below capacity due to low for its services by oil companies operating in the country.
The aggrieved workers told Joy News’ Western Regional correspondent Kweku Owusu Peprah who joined them at the labour office in Takoradi that their dismissal followed a letter sent to management to inform them about the decision to join the union.
According to them, the reason stated by managers of the company for their dismissal was unconvincing.
They workers were also not happy with government for allowing a company to operate in disregard of the country’s labour laws, adding that most of the workers have worked there for a long period without employment letters.
They also complained of poor remuneration. One worker said contrary to the perception that workers in the oil field enjoy huge salaries and other bonuses, the company only pays them GH˘250 a month: 200 as their basic salary and 50 as allowances.
Meanwhile, Francis Salla, Regional Industrial Relations Officer for the General Transport, Chemical and Petroleum Workers Union of the TUC, has told Joy News the workers have been given a raw deal.
He said the treatment meted out to them was “unfair”, and believes they are only being “victimized”.
He also criticized the manner in which the employers had been treating workers; "they are treating them as if they are slaves in their own country”.
He promised to consult the regional lobour officer to take the issue up.