Port workers go red over expansion concession

Aggrieved workers of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) are protesting against the implementation of the Tema Ports Expansion Concession Agreement by the Meridian Port Service (MPS)...


Aggrieved workers of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) are protesting against the implementation of the Tema Ports Expansion Concession Agreement by the Meridian Port Service (MPS).

The red-attired workers insist that the government renegotiate the agreement to avert huge economic losses.

They began wearing red on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 to pile pressure on the Akufo-Addo’s administration to pay heed to their concerns, but a meeting with the management on the matter ended inconclusively.

Former President John Mahama launched the Port Expansion Project in 2016.

The project is a public-private partnership between the GPHA and MPS for an expansion of Ghana’s main seaport.

The port is expected to be the largest cargo port in West Africa, and one of the best in Africa, with a capacity of 3.5 million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) per annum.

Due to the semi-automated nature of the new terminal, some manual jobs and offices are expected to be collapsed.

The Director-General of the GPHA, Michael Luguje, has confirmed that about 1,200 employees of Inland Container Depots (ICDs) would be laid off.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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