The Gen. Sec. of ICU, Mr. Solomon Kotei
The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) workers have declared that Cocobod has seperated from its mother union, the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU).
The workers say all efforts aimed at connecting the two groups over some labor related issues were useless.
The Chairman of the Supreme Consultative Council of the COCOBOD, Alhaji Idriss Alhassan stated at a press conference in Accra, that the General Agricultural Workers Union ( GAWU) and Industrial and Commercial Workers Union have not protect the welfare of Cocobod Workers.
He told media that some time ago we negotiated for a 30 % salary increment with our management and because of the role ICU and GAWU played, they rather went and asked our management if they can pay the increment and pressed on them not to agree.
Chairman of the Supreme Consultative Council added that COCOBOD workers also pushed for allowance at a point in time to improve the welfare of workers, but the ICU fought against the decision stating that there is no justification for the allowance.
The COCOBOD Chairman said that we are explaining to our superiors why we need allowances to improve our lives and the ICU and GAWU rather fight against us that we don’t deserve it.
Alhaji Alhassan further stated that “what broke the camel’s back is their effort to privatize a strategic company like the Cocoa Marketing Company”.
He continued that the union’s actions have clearly shown that it is not interested in the improvement of the welfare of COCOBOD workers, hence the decision to break away.
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