Ferro Fabric Workers Demonstrate Over Poor Condition Of Service.


STORY BY: Bryan Bedu, Tema.
Hell broke loosed and top management staff ran helter skelter to save their lives when over 100 angry workers of Ferro Fabric Limited, a steel rolling company based in Tema heavy industrial area besieged the premises of the company in a demonstration over what they themed “poor condition of Service and salary disparity.”
The workers were wearing red band that signifies danger and sung war songs.
It took the intervention of heavily armed police personnel from the rapid control unit at Tema Police headquarters to calm down the demonstrators who were bent to disallow any top management staff of the company to step out until their demands were met.
The two days demonstration saw no casualty but was described as the fieriest since inception of the company about two decades ago.
Speaking to some of the workers, Frank Kugbadzi, a machine operator at the factory said, “We are demonstrating purposely because of our salary, we want management to increase our salaries. For more than two years now, they have not increased our pay and today we the workers of Ferro Fabric have decided to mount up a demonstration so that they will do anything possible to increase our pay.”
“The leaders have tried to negotiate a better salary on our behalf but to no avail and if persuasion fails, force must be applied.”
Another employee, Patrick Fosu at the production department also complained bitterly about the risky nature of their job and the safety measures at the workplace.
He said the safety wears given to them are inadequate and of substandard. “We have tried on many occasions to let management know about our plight but they care less about our well being so we are demonstrating today to press home our demands, “he added.
Some of the information we also gathered from the demonstrators are the death of a worker who died painfully in the course of duty without appreciable compensation and another one who has been sacked because he has become unproductive after gotten involved in an accident with a crane while working at the factory and has since not been compensated.
The demonstrators claimed they are given GH¢8.00 as their daily mark which they say is an insult looking at the kind of dangerous work they do at the factory.
They also alleged that it were those who are not doing the dangerous work that are given a little bit higher salary and this disparity must be addressed.
Our efforts to get the management’s side of the story were not successful as they refused to talk to the media.