Demo Hits Fifi Kwetey At Tema

Aggrieved workers of PSC Tema Shipyard vented their spleen on the Minister of Transport Fifi Kwetey when he toured the Tema Port on Monday.

The minister embarked on the tour to familiarize himself with activities at the port.

The workers, who were clad in red arm bands and held plaques, protested against their condition of service, among other issues.

Hon Kwetey was scheduled to meet management of the shipyard to assess their operation when the irate workers accosted him.

Senior and Junior Staff Associations of the company have passionately appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to sack their embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO), HRT Ali Tunde.

The angry workers also called on President Mahama to completely dissolve the company’s board to improve the fortunes of the firm.

The President was given a 14-day ultimatum to sack the beleaguered Mr. Ali Tunde and dissolve the board of PSC Tema Shipyard Limited.

The failure of the President to address the concerns of the workers compelled them to protest in the presence of the sector minister.

Union Staff Chairman, Samuel Attram later called for the reinstatement of two of their colleagues who were sacked by the management of the company for petitioning President Mahama

According to him, the two sacked workers- Michael Ofori Frimpong, Senior Staff Union Chairman and Samuel Ayensu, Senior Staff Union Secretary- should be reinstated or else they would lay down their tools.

He was of the view that the shipyard was retrogressing because of the board’s bad policies and poor management by the leadership, adding that most of their customers had relocated to neighbouring countries.

He further added that they were yet to see any salary increment for the past three years but Mr. Tunde had purchased a brand new Toyota land cruiser for himself.

“Mr. Ali Tunde must go now and the board dissolved to save the company.”

Mr. Attram was also of the view that the company’s yard has now become a graveyard, adding that the CEO and the board members have brought the activities of the company to a standstill, a situation which has made the company cash-strapped.

Fifi Kwetey assured the workers that their complaints would be formally investigated.

According to him, a committee, which would comprise some workers and management, would be set up to address their grievances.

He appealed to them to remain calm as government takes proactive steps to revive the company.