Accra, March 23, GNA – The Management of City Construction
Company Limited, a Korean Company constructing the Nkwanta-Dambai roads in the
Oti region, has allegedly refused to provide its workers on site with Personal
Protective Equipment (PPEs).
Despite directives from President Nana Akufo-Addo and the
Trade Union Congress, Ghana, that every employer should provide protective
clothes for employees and put measures in place to avert the spread of
COVID-19, the management was said to be adamant.
Mr Ibi Derrick, the Chairman of General Construction
Manufacturing and Quarries Workers’ Union (GCMQWU), in an interview with the
Ghana News Agency, said the leadership went severally to demand that workers
should be provided with PPEs to protect them from COViD-19 but to no avail.
He said Won Geun Kim, the Planning Manager, told them it was
not part of the company’s mandate to provide workers with PPEs.
He added, “Meanwhile, they have provided sanitizer and
thermometer in front of their office for those going to see Management to use
before entering their office.
“It means is that if you are not going to them in the
office, you do not have access to the sanitizer.”
Speaking on the issue, Mrs Comfort Agambaa, the General
Secretary of the GCMQWU, said that she received the complaint from the Union
Leaders and she spoke severally to the Human Resource Manager, Mr Attey Kwao
Livingstone, but he said he was not in a position to speak to the issues.
She said till date, workers were on site working without any
protective clothes or sanitizers.
She, therefore, called on authorities to close down the site
if management was still not ready to abide by the order.
Mrs Agambaa said the Managers should also be punished for
disregarding the national directive to contain the COViD-19.
Meanwhile, Mr Kobina Addo Mensah, a Site Project Engineer,
who picked Mr Won Geun Kim’s call, said Kim was busy working on salaries and
could not speak at that moment.
He, however, denied the allegations and said they have water
at the site for workers to use for hand washing.
He noted that besides that they are currently digging a bore
hole at the main gate to serve that purpose.
Mr Mensah said to further ensure safety of workers,
Management provided sanitizer and thermometer at the entrance where they make
roll call every day to check every worker going to site.
He, therefore, invited the media and the public to come to
verify for themselves, adding, “We have our workers at heart”.