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Workers Union of GPHA embark on strike

BY: Della Russel Ocloo
Workers Union of GPHA embark on strike
Workers Union of GPHA embark on strike

The Workers Union of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has embarked on a sitdown strike, grounding the movement of vessels from the anchorage to the various receiving terminals at the Port.

The agitations followed what they said was the Authority's failure to ensure the implementation of a 20 per cent container retention agreement between it and the Meridian Port Service (MPS).

The workers who converged at the Marine Block where the movement of vessel activities are undertaken as early as 5 am prevented their counterparts at the unit from towing five vessels - four of which were to dock at the MPS Terminal Three facility and one to the GPHA Terminal II for cargo deliveries.

As such, the vessels namely, Violeta B, Nikolas, Maersk Cunene MSC Trieste and Zim Pacific were still on anchorage while the workers sealed off the operational area of the GPHA Tugboats from moving to the anchorage to tow the vessels into berth.

Agitations

Amidst drumming and dancing to press home their demands, they said they would not budge until the 2019 agreement of a 20 per cent cargo plough back is signed and its implementation made to take off immediately.