A group of aggrieved employees at Adamus Resources Limited (ARL), a mining company, has issued an ultimatum to the company's management, demanding the payment of outstanding workers' benefits by December 3.
The workers have warned of potential disruptions to operations if their demands are not met.
The group, known as the “Concerned Employees of ARL,” sent a letter to the company's management, copying various government and industry stakeholders, including the Speaker of Parliament, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, the Chief Labour Officer, the National Labour Commission, the Ghana Mineworkers Union, the Minerals Commission, and the Ministry of Labour.
In their letter, the employees stated that the ultimatum was necessary as management had allegedly failed to fulfil its promise to address the outstanding issues and workers' benefits.
They called on management to pay workers' 2022 end-of-year bonuses in full and restore their end-of-contract benefits.
The group also demanded that employees' Provident Fund and Tier II contributions be sent to their fund managers with interest. Furthermore, they cautioned the company's CEO against allegedly threatening employees whenever they raised concerns about their rights.
Among the concerns raised by the group was the alleged refusal of management to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers, which they claimed violated Minerals Commission regulations.
They also highlighted deficiencies in the company's on-site clinic, particularly the lack of essential drugs, and called for these issues to be promptly addressed.
The group stressed that occupational hazards and safety issues should not be addressed with mere slogans and called for immediate changes in management's approach.
The employees, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed that they had not received their October salaries and warned of potential industrial action if their concerns were not addressed by December 3, 2023.
Mr. Alex Obu-Simpson, the Group Human Resource and Administration Manager at ARL, confirmed that management was aware of the issue.
However, he noted that they were not familiar with any group called the “Concerned Employees” and stated that the company was working with two unions within the organization.