Kumasi Woodworkers Declare Indefinite Strike

Woodworkers at Kumasi Wood, the main source of the country’s timber, have declared an indefinite strike.The aggrieved workers are demanding payment of three months’ salary arrears or escalate their industrial action.

The angry workers are demanding, among other things, better conditions of service and consistent payment of their salaries.The workers have refused to carry out their duties to compel management to settle their arrears.

The company consists of three mills two of them are situated in Kumasi while the other is at Mim in the Brong Ahafo region.

In September last year, the workers staged a protest at the premises of the company to demand similar terms of conditions. According to them, management has, so far, remained unconcerned about their pleas.

A worker, who has served the company for 16 years, said he was unable to pay his children’s school fees.

Another worker cited poor conditions at the company, including the failure of management to pay their social security contributions.

The Ashanti regional Coordinating Council is currently mediating between management and workers to ensure an amicable solution of the issue.

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