By Laudia Sawer
Tema, April 23,
GNA - Staff of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) on Tuesday started
a week long red attire protest against some unfavourable clauses in the
Authority’s port expansion agreement with Meridian Ports and Services (MPS).
The staff are
to wear red attires for a week to drum home their displeasure at the MPS
concession which the Ghana News Agency learnt would lead to loss of about 4,000
direct and 1,500 indirect jobs.
the GNA gathered, was sanctioned by the various workers’ unions of the GPHA as
they feared their members would lose their jobs just as MPS was preparing to
start full operation of the first phase of the project in June, 2019.
The MPS had
already received a large number of gantry cranes with the last 27 coming into
the country on February 1, 2019 ahead of unit testing and commissioning and
subsequent take off.
Tema District Council of Labour (TDCL) on April 2 appealed to President Nana
Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to urgently review some unfavourable clauses in the
port expansion agreement between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA)
and the Meridian Ports and Services (MPS).
The TDCL said
it had given the government two-weeks to look into the report of the committee
formed by Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and headed by Mr Daniel Titus
Glover, Deputy Minister of Roads, on the issue after which it would initiate
series of action.
the TDCL, clause 3.2 of the agreement indicated that GPHA could not handle
vessels carrying more than 200 containers as any ship loaded with that quantity
of containers would go to the new terminal three.
It also stated
that GPHA under the concession was expected to pay MPS 30 per cent of proceeds
from container handling at terminal which was currently in the domain of MPS.
Services, under the contract, would not pay any royalties to the GPHA for
operating terminal three even though it would handle almost all the containers
that come to the Tema Port.
Kodwo Taylor, Chairman of the TDCL, indicated that “all jobs of GPHA, will be
taken over by MPS because everything that comes to the port is in a container,
there will be a sharp fall in the GPHA’s revenue which will lead to their
inability to pay salaries and maintain the port”.