December 6th , 2023



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A year ago

VALCO employees stage a protest against retirees in top positions.

Workers at the Volta Aluminum Company (VALCO) have expressed dissatisfaction with the company's current management.

According to the workers, despite operating locally, the majority of the company's operations are carried out outside the country in dollars, and most managerial roles are occupied by retirees who do not have the company's best interests at heart.

This, the workers claim, is making their living conditions difficult, especially given the country's current economic situation, and they have thus embarked on a protest today, Monday, October 31, 2022, to express their dissatisfaction with the company's current conditions.

As a result, the workers want all retirees in various managerial positions to resign.

The VALCO local Union Chairman, Edgar Mensah, spoke to the media and explained the workers' situation.

"Someone you just chose from the university - all of us here, they chose us from the street, but that doesn't mean we haven't been to school." They did not come to pick us up at school.

"However, if they come to your school and pick you up, they give you GHS115 per month as part of your allowance." "Do the calculation, just do the calculation, just do the calculation," he said.

He went on to say that retirees in management positions are living comfortably at the expense of others.

“"You turn a blind eye to the poor workers' wages." When he comes to ask for his money, you say the plant will close down and you don't have any money, but when it comes to your fuel, which is one of your allowance items, you can pay for that; car maintenance allowance and all that," he grumbled.

He urged the owners to address the situation and find a solution.

"Our agitation this morning is that we believe the retirees who are managing this plant have reached their peak and are declining, so we want the owners of this plant to know and then do the right thing for all of us to maintain this plant the way Ghana wants it."

“VALCO workers are not destructive they’re hardworking, they work 12 hours a day,” the local union chairman stated.

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