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By
D.I. Laary, GNA

Accra, July 31, GNA –
The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) of the Trades Union Congress
TUC is taking steps to resolve an impasse between the management of the HFC
Bank and a section of its workers.

Drivers of the Bank
have locked horns with their management over the Bank’s decision to outsource
their services, a move which could render over 400 of them re

By
D.I. Laary, GNA

Accra, July 31, GNA –
The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) of the Trades Union Congress
TUC is taking steps to resolve an impasse between the management of the HFC
Bank and a section of its workers.

Drivers of the Bank
have locked horns with their management over the Bank’s decision to outsource
their services, a move which could render over 400 of them redundant.

Management of bank
however said the outsourcing formed part of a number of cost-cutting measures
launched to return it to profitability though the workers raised concerns over
the decision because due processes had not been followed saying, the action
fundamentally breached the country’s labour law.

Addressing the workers
on Monday, Mr Solomon Kotei, General Secretary of the ICU said “we have been
dialoguing on the issue which has not seen a resolution till now, so it came to
us as a surprise, that on Saturday, you were invited from your various branches
to come to Accra for your letters.”

He said the management
of the bank was “foundationally wrong” and should have notified the Chief
Labour Officer three months before taking the action.

“We are going to send
a comprehensive report to the National Labour Commission from where we will
take further actions if the matter is not resolved.”

The Human Resource
Department of the bank defended the outsourcing as part of cross-cutting
measures introduced to reduce cost saying “One such measure consistent with
widespread industry practice is the outsourcing of drivers.”

The Deputy General
Secretary of the ICU in charge of Operations, Mr Morgan Ayawine, appealed to
the agitated workers to be patient for further discussions to address the
concern.

This is an unfair
labour practice and as indicated by the General Secretary we are going to take
it up and deal with it appropriately.”

GNA


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