Zoomlion workers besiege Assembly for their six months’ salary arrears

Hundreds of workers of the Zoomlion Ghana Limited have besieged the new Juaben Municipal Assembly and the Zoomlion Regional office in protest to demand for their six months salaries in arrears.

These are the people who sweep and clean the markets, public places and ceremonial parks like Koforidua Jackson Park, community centres and all other public places and the streets to improve sanitation in the area.

Made up of mostly women, the workers have refused to accept 5kg bags of rice said to be their Christmas bonus from management until all their salaries in arrears are paid.

One of the workers, Yaa Owoo who narrated their ordeal to the GNA said for the past six months they had not been paid their scanty salary of Gh100 cedis and that management keeps promising them that they would pay, yet with some few days to Christmas nothing shows that they are ready to pay.

She said last week Friday, management had a thanksgiving service at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) in Koforidua and management in the Eastern region announced that four months out of the six months’ salaries had been released to be paid by Monday.

She said, since Monday they have gone to their banks several times, but no monies have been deposited in their accounts, so they followed up to their regional office.

According to madam Owoo, their salaries are often accumulated and then paid in bits, and sometimes some months’ salaries are never paid, so she appealed to the government to intervene.

When GNA contacted the New Jauben Municipal Manager of Zoom lion, Mr Joseph Buabeng, he said he was not entitled to speak on the issue and that GNA should rather contact his regional office for any clarification.

When asked if he had any information that the people had not been paid, he said he didn’t know anything about it, however, information gathered by GNA from the regional office indicates that, there would be a verification of their identities because their numbers did not tally with those verified indicating that their salaries would be delayed.
Source: GNA

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