PSMDU Denies Assault Allegation

Officials of Ports, Seamen, Maritime and Dockers Union (PSMDU), a rival union operating at PSC Tema Shipyard have denied allegations of assault against members of Maritime and Dockworkers Union (MDU).

In a statement issued last Wednesday,September 20, 2017 PSMDU described the allegations against them as “absolutely false and baseless”.

It would be recalled that last week members of MDU in a statement alleged that two of their officials, Abdul Razark and Abubakari Salifu were assaulted by some members of PSMDU.

“We are calling on the general public to disregard the allegations by MDU”, the statement said.

Conversely PSMDU in the statement alleged that, in 2016, MDU encouraged and supported some Shipyard workers to attack and drive out some managers from the company.

“Just to mention a few, the following managers were beaten and driven out of the yard Salim Bin kasim, Annuar Mohammed, Yew Bin Sin and Ismail Mohammed, all Malaysian managers.

“…Others were Ayiku, former head of training, E. B Musey former corporate Affairs Manager, and Mohammed Sayibu, former procurement manager. In 2017, Mr. Kwame Asare Duah, former head of finance was beaten and this led to management lock-out the entire junior staff in December,” the statement said.

According to PSMDU, the attacks on Mr. Kwame Asare Duah and W.O Habada occurred when Faruk Abdul Razark and Abubakari Salifu were MDU organizers and Deputy Chief shop steward respectively.

“This purported false attacks raised by MDU on their workers, has resulted in MDU calling on Ghana Port and Harbours Authority to relieve acting Chief Executive officer of PSC Tema Shipyard, Captain Francis K. B Micah, the administrator and Estate officer of PSC Tema Shipyard, Mr. Samuel A. N Adjar of their positions” the statement added.

The statement further debunked claims by a purported resolution passed by the Tema District Council of the MDU on Thursday September 14, 2017, seeking that GPHA as a matter of urgency, relieve Captain Francis K. B Micah, acting CEO of PSC Tema Shipyard, and Mr. Samuel A. N Adjar, the administrator and estate officer of PSC Tema Shipyard of their positions.