Scores of ex-workers of Anglogold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, who were retrenched in 2013 and 2014 Monday began a demonstration at the frontage of the company’s head office, Gold House in Accra, to back home demands for the payment of what they say are outstanding compensations.
The all-red clad demonstrators are demanding an immediate meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Kelvin Dushnisky from July 29 to August 1, 2019 to be informed of when the payments would start.
According to the ex-workers, they were prepared to occupy the front of the company’s head office for as long as it takes to hear from the Chief Executive, accusing the Managing Director, Eric Aubonteng and Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Juliet Manteaw Kutin of frustrating the process to adequately compensate them.
Calling themselves ‘the 2013-2014 Dislocated Workers Group of Anglogold Ashanti Ghana Limited (Obuasi Mine)’, they said a long standing agreement with the company since their retrenchment has not been honoured, imposing unbearable hardships on the affected workers and their dependants.
“We are directing the demonstration here against especially, Eric Asubonteng who is the Managing Director & General Manager and Juliet Manteaw Kutin who is also the Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs that first they said the signatures in the agreement were not theirs but now that they have accepted that the signatures are for the Company, we want them to inform Mr. Kelvin Dushnisky (The CEO) to come to Ghana here giving him from today July 29, 2019 – August 1, 2019 to sit down with us and give us the date for the payment of the Special Compensation and also to pacify us for the violation of our Human Rights conducting illegal redundancy exercises in both years. We will not leave the premises of the Gold House till we receive a letter signed by the CEO.”
Mr. Alex Frimpong, leader of the agrieved ex-workers said as a result of the hardship they have had to endure, about 400 of them have gone to their early grave, with about half the number cutting their own lives short by committing suicide.