Ghana: Mineworkers union threatens to strike over illegal small-scale mining; says govt. not doing enough to arrest the situation

Author: Dasmani Laary, The Africa Report, Published on: 20 August 2016

"Ghana: Mineworkers fret over illegal mining threat", 19 Aug 2016

...The union has warned the government to take immediate steps to stem the unlawful mining operations or face the wrath of its members, who have threatened a strike. "Considering the dangers posed...and the threat to the safety and security of our members, we, as a union, may be compelled at any stage to withdraw labour services to the industry if this situation persists," the union's general secretary, Prince William Ankrah, said at the GMWU executive council meeting...Violent clashes between illegal miners and AngloGold Ashanti staff early this year resulted in the death of one of the company's top officials. Concerns over expanded operations of the unlawful miners grew to an alarming proportion that AngloGold was forced to run to the International Court of Arbitration to seek redress..

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