ICU gives Volta Star Textiles a week to resume salary negotiations with workers

Some workers of the company demonstrating in 2015 over nonpayment of salaries[/caption] The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) has given a week ultimatum to the management of Volta Star Textiles Limited to return to the negotiation table with its workers or risk industrial disharmony. Its Deputy National General Secretary in-charge of operations, Morgan Ayawine, insists the continuous delay in negotiating for conditions of service could affect the work output of employees of the company. He said this when he swore into office a seven-member Local Labour Union executives of the Volta Star Textiles Limited. Established in 1968 to produce grey baft for textiles manufacturing industries, Volta Star has over the years been bedeviled with labour unrest and grappling with production challenges. The company, which should have a workforce of over 2,000 staff excluding management, has a staff strength of 1,100. A number of workers have been laid off due to the dwindling fortunes and challenges of the factory. Permanent workers receive monthly salaries ranging between GHC250 and GHC300, something the workers say is woefully inadequate. Some workers have even not been paid for eight months. There have been continuous agitations by workers who believe they are being exploited, and are thus demanding increase in salaries. But the demand of the workers has not gone down well with management of the company and has failed to agree to negotiate with the workers through the labour union of ICU. The Local Union Chairman, Bright Sikanku accused management of failing to agree on a common salary range and also freezing promotions. Meanwhile, acting Managing Director of Volta Star, Jerome Dunyo, has assured the workers of management preparedness to rebuild strong relationship between them and the workforce of the factory.

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By Robert Abilba||Ghana]]>