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Ghana: Goldfileds workers protest change of working conditions & plans to buy the co. to lay off 2000 workers; police and military personnel allegedly used force to disperse the protestors

"Goldfields workers demonstrate against change of status", 13 March 2018

Hundreds of workers of the Tarkwa Mine of Goldfields Ghana yesterday embarked on a demonstration against measures by the company to change their status from permanent workers to contract miners. The workers, with the support of the Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU), are resisting the change, arguing that it will not inure to their benefit, as they stand to lose a lot of their benefits as permanent workers...The demonstrators were, however, met by a team of military and police personnel sent to help maintain law and order. Some of the demonstrators got injured in the process, as they were met with some amount of force by the security personnel, who also fired warning shots to disperse them...In December 2017, Goldfields Ghana Limited announced plans to lay off almost 2,000 workers as part of measures to change its business model and make the company profitable due to the relatively short lifespan of the mine. The GMWU protested against the decision and petitioned Parliament to look into the matter...The union also filed a writ at the High Court, praying the court to restrain Goldfields from going ahead with the intended redundancy exercise until all the issues were resolved. They also wanted the court to say that the redundancy exercise was “unlawful”...