The Economic Fighters League has backed the demonstration by the aggrieved mine workers at Tarkwa following the decision by Goldfields to lay off some 1,700 workers.
Some aggrieved workers on Monday held a demonstration in protest against management’s decision to opt for contract mining, which is expected to result in huge retrenchments.
This was after an Accra High Court dismissed an injunction application filed by the Ghana Mine Workers Union to stop Goldfields from switching to contract mining.
The union argued that about 1,500 workers would lose their jobs if the company is allowed to switch from owner mining to contract mining, but the High Court dismissed the application.
Reacting to the issue, the Economic Fighters League called on government and its regulatory institutions must put a stop to its anti-worker attitude and call Gold Fields to order in the face of their glaring infractions of the law, and the sanctity of agreements particularly as relates the recent development.’’
The statement also described as unfair the process being used by the mining giant and satted that it was in clear violation of the National Labour laws and the international core labour standards and also in breach of the current collective agreement.
The statement which was signed by Ernesto Yeboah further demanded that the ‘’ immediate and unconditional release and at the same time condemn Government in the strongest terms for failing to protect
its citizens and aiding foreign multinationals in the violation of the rights of the workers.’’
Read Below the Full Statement
We support any strike actions and mass manifestations directed at
ensuring that the rights of Mine Workers are protected. Government and
its regulatory institutions must put a stop to its anti-worker attitude and
call Gold Fields to order in the face of their glaring infractions of the
law, and the sanctity of agreements particularly as relates the recent
We are greatly appalled by the primitive behaviour shown by the Ghana
Police in their latest arrests of Mine Workers who were legitimately
protesting in protection of their economic rights to work and earn an
We demand their immediate and unconditional release and at the same
time condemn Government in the strongest terms for failing to protect
its citizens and aiding foreign multinationals in the violation of the rights
of the workers. Several things have gone wrong and the State instead of
protecting its citizens has chosen the side of foreign monopoly capital.
For instance, we are shocked to know of the use of the military to
intimidate Mine Workers to sign redundancy letters, and also compelled
to sign a one month fixed-term contract with management. Who does
the government of Ghana serve?
This treatment by Gold Fields Ghana Limited in their quest to terminate
the employment of thousands of workers through an utterly unfair
redundancy exercise, is in clear violation of the national labour laws and
the international core labour standards and also in breach of the current
We have benefited nothing from our gold as a country; everything is
owned and controlled by the multinationals. The little we get from taxes,
we give out in concessions. Under the circumstances therefore, the only
real benefit is in the form of employment of our people and even then
they usually work in exploitative and abusive conditions. Now even that
meagre benefit is under threat. It is time Government reviews the mining
agreements and put Nationalisation firmly on the table if it genuinely
believes in its newly found mantra of “Ghana Beyond Aid”.
Long live Mine Workers!
Long live African Workers!