Ex AngloGold Workers Cry For Compensation

Disgruntled
2013/14 Dislocated Workers Group of AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Limited, Obuasi
Mine, is demanding their unpaid special compensation from the former employer
with immediate effect.

Few
days ago the group held a press conference in Accra to press home for their
financial package.   

The group’s
spokesperson, Alex Frimpong, said its members, numbering
over 4,000, are owed between US$60,000 and US$125,000, based on the number of
years one worked with the mining firm. 

He
said “We requested some labour consultants to help us engage AngloGold Ashanti
to amicably resolve the issues so that we can receive our special compensation
pay. However, AngloGold Ashanti in a letter to our consultants said they were
not aware of any retrenchment carried out by AngloGold Ashanti in 2013.

“This
denial was shocking because it was common knowledge and a fact, that
retrenchment started from September, 2013, so what was AngloGold up to?”

He
added “We ask AngloGold if they are aware that they started their unprecedented
retrenchment from September 2013. We are not worried if the company has no
answer because there is incontrovertible evidence that AngloGold issued
retrenchment letters it now denies.”

To
the group, they were encouraged by the views of Yaw Baah, TUC Secretary General,
at the 2018 May Day parade in Kumasi, stating that the new AngloGold employment
arrangement was not proper and was only aimed at maximizing profit for the
company.

The
spokesperson and his colleagues, clad in red bands, questioned what the TUC
boss’ actions were after identifying the anomaly, and have consequently
demanded concrete actions from the TUC which has benefitted from the former
AngloGold workers dues for many years.

“Our
consultants in June, 2019, requested that the CEO of AngloGold in South Africa,
should intervene and have our monies paid to us but as of today our
consultants  have not received any
response nor has receipts of our letter been acknowledged,” said Frimpong.

He
mentioned that the group has instructed its consultants to engage the
appropriate authority and have the matter settled amicably through an
appropriate audit and verification.

“When
they laid us off, they were supposed to give us special compensation but up till
now, we have not received anything…That is why we have come here to stage a
press.”

Last
July, the group embarked on a massive protest to push for their financial
reward at the Gold House in Accra.



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