Workers of the Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) Limited have called on President Akufo-Addo to sack their Managing Director (MD),
Mr Opare Hammond, over procurement infractions and victimisation of some staff .
The angry staff, who demonstrated against the MD on Thursday morning, October 4, alleged that
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She said the MD has also increased allowances for the board of directors by 729
She added that since the beginning of 2018, the board of directors has met 25 times, costing the company over GH¢300,000.
She said although the MD had hinted that the company did not have money and that he would lay off some workers, he has employed more than 15 people since his assumption of office and also employed a number of security officers.
She alleged that when people are issued with licenses by PMMC, they are made to pay GH¢7,000 but only GH¢5,000 goes into the coffers of the company and that the remaining GH¢2,000 is not accounted for.
“The MD went to the man’s office and slapped him for just doing what he was supposed to do,” she said, adding that he (MD) slapped him “because he thought the man was investigating his corrupt deals.”
She further accused the MD of creating divisions among the workers, noting that he (MD) had unduly rewarded “gossips” and promoted his
The General Secretary of the Ghana Mine Workers Union,
According to him, the union made every necessary effort to meet management and the board, but their efforts never yielded any positive feedback, hence compelling the workers to resort to the demonstration to let everyone knows what is happening at the company.
He said “employees have been divided into factions” under his (
That, he said, the MD had resumed duty but he had written to them that he would only make time on October 9,
The National Chairman of the union,
He said there had also been series of unfair termination of appointments of some staff, and added that the union would not continue to sit aloof as its members were being
“We are aware of what is happening at your company and want to assure you that Ghana Mines Workers Union will address the issue”,
He, however, pleaded with the workers to resume work as the leadership of the union takes up the matter.
The Chief Finance Officer of the company,
He also said “he (the MD) hasn’t used any divide and rule approach” in the company, and that if the workers had any grievances, they should have used dialogue instead of resorting to demonstrations.
He said the MD had rather worked to increase the financial fortunes of the
“I haven’t received any letter that the board’s allowance has been increased,”
Speaking on the issue,
He said even if the workers had any issues against him, they could have used appropriate channel to address their grievances than embarking on a demonstration.
He, therefore, said management and the board would meet quickly to respond to all the allegations leveled against him and them.
Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) Ltd was established in 1963 as Ghana Diamond Marketing Board charged with the sole responsibility for the purchase and marketing of Ghana’s diamonds.
In 1989, PNDC Law 219 was enacted to yet again change the Company's name to the Precious Minerals Marketing Corporation.