Some Ghana Cocoa Board [COCOBOD] workers are calling for the arrest of Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) and the Ghana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) leadership for staging a demonstration with fake COCOBOD staff.
The unions on Thursday led a demonstration in Accra and later petitioned Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to mount pressure on the government to dismiss COCOBOD Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Opuni.
The petitioners listed a number of allegations against Dr Opuni, claiming he has no regard for authority, and want him also investigated for some deals at COCOBOD.
But a group calling itself Concern Staff of COCOBOD claimed those who showed up at the demonstration “have no association with COCOBOD” as being portrayed by ICU and GAWU.
“The leaders of GAWU and ICU must be arrested immediately to offer prove of the true identity of the so called “Staff of COCOBOD”.
“To mobilize unknown people in the name of Staff of COCOBOD is criminal. This is very serious and totally unacceptable,” the Concern Staff stated.
The workers believe ICU and GAWU orchestrated the demonstration to frustrate attempt by COCOBOD staff to break away from the unions.
“This desperation is to do anything and everything possible to save their respective Union from loss of huge membership and substantial revenue occasioned by irreversible breakaway.”
Find below full statement issued by the CONCERN STAFF OF COCOBOD
DATE: 13TH MAY, 2016
GAWU AND ICU FAILS AGAIN…DR. STEPHEN OPUNI TRIUMPH
Isolated GAWU and ICU orchestrated demonstration against Dr. Opuni failed spectacularly – with its failed leaders renting a crowd to do its bidding.
The rented crowds are no staff of COCOBOD but some dismissed staff who engaged in theft and diversion of fertilizers, chemicals and cocoa. They are wee smokers as well as drunkards and have no association with COCOBOD.
The leaders of GAWU and ICU must be arrested immediately to offer prove of the true identity of the so called “Staff of COCOBOD”.
To mobilize unknown people in the name of Staff of COCOBOD is criminal. This is very serious and totally unacceptable.
Staff of COCOBOD are very responsible people and if are truly concern about issues which affect the stability and prosperity of COCOBOD will deal with it through laid down rules and appropriate channels – not through street mobilization.
The failed leaders of GAWU and ICU are desperate. This desperation is to do anything and everything possible to save their respective Unions from loss of huge membership and substantial revenue occasioned by the irreversible breakaway.
To this end, they want to go down with Dr. Opuni by tarnishing his hard earned reputation.
Is it not strange that leadership of GAWU and ICU have gathered at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations with the same petition they claimed in a joint press statement – they have already submitted to the Chief of Staff at the Flagstaff House.
Is the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations superior to the Flagstaff House?
The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations must be careful it is not trap and dragged into GAWU/ICU’s obviously dubious character assassination against Dr. Stephen Opuni.
Long Live Dr. Stephen Opuni!!!!
Long Live COCOBOD!!!!
Long Live Ghana!!!
By Concerned Staff of COCOBOD
Ebenezer Arkutu, Spokesman,
Margaret Afriyie, Convener,
Francis Achaew, Member,
Regina Frimpomaa, Organizer,
Nana Kyei, Member
Story by Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana