ECG, PUWU, Heads To Court Over Concession Plan

The parent body of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Public Utility Workers Union are set to go to court over government’s intention to give out ECG on a 25 year concession.

The Public Utility Workers Union has explained that the current concession agreement did not make provision for the payment of severance packages to ECG workers in the event the government succeeds in handing over ECG to a private entity to manage.

Utility service workers, especially ECG workers together with some stakeholders have in past months objected to the concession arrangement, which is part of the $498.2 million the United States government’s Millennium Challenge Compact II programme aimed at improving the country’s power sector, which has been bedeviled with managerial and operational inefficiencies.

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Despite several stakeholder engagements by government to allow for a private concessionaire to run the operations of the State-owned power distributor under the arrangement, the workers union seem not to be satisfied with the agreement and therefore wants to resort to the court for redress.

Mr. Michael Adumatta Nyantakyi, General Secretary of PUWU speaking to an Accra based Star FM after a meeting with ECG workers in the Volta region, said the absence of the severance package component in the concession agreement violates the labour laws and the condition of service under which the workers were employed.

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