Work on the three-phased construction of the Kumasi Kejetia Central Market which is designed to have over 40,000 shops has been stalled after workers on Tuesday embarked on a sit down strike over unfavorable working conditions
The $298 million redevelopment of the Kumasi Central Market and Kejetia Lorry terminal project is being executed by Brazilian construction firm, Contracta Engenharia Limited.
But the over 700 workers who have refused to continue work disclosed managers of the project have failed to formalize their appointments and have resorted to keeping them as casual workers.
“When they engaged us, we were made to sign a six-month probation contract and after the period they brought a similar contract to be signed. We are not going to agree”, they said
They revealed that artisans at the project site are paid a paltry sum of GH¢ 510 monthly salary while labourers are far less, contrary to what has been put out by managers that workers are paid huge sums as remuneration.
“We are not going to work until our monies are paid to us”, they threatened.
According them, until their conditions are improved to merit the work they do at the project site, they are not prepared to resume work.