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Strike at KIA affects delivery of COVID-19 vaccine syringes, others

Airport workers are currently agitating and calling for the head of their MD Yaw Kwakwa, accusing him of mismanagement

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  • "We have come back to the Jubilee Gate which the soldiers are controlling and they have managed to let us in. So, as far as I am concerned, the union activities have not taken into consideration the need for emergency services like the one we are trying to provide for the nation."

Ongoing strike by workers of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has started taking a toll on essential services at the airport.

On Friday, officials of the Health Commodity Group of COVID-19 had challenges accessing the airport to take delivery of other vaccine related accessories.

Speaking in an interview with Nana Yaa Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday, chairman of the Health Commodity Group of COVID-19 Matthew Kyeremeh said the workers did not take into consideration the work of some essential service providers.

“Contrary to what the workers are saying that they are not interrupting essential services like COVID-19 activities, that is not true. We went to Gate 3 which we normally use to the tarmac, it was locked, we went to Gate 9 that was also locked,” he said.

He added: “We have come back to the Jubilee Gate which the soldiers are controlling and they have managed to let us in. So, as far as I am concerned, the union activities have not taken into consideration the need for emergency services like the one we are trying to provide for the nation.”

A major hurdle

Speaking on the same programme earlier, the divisional chairman for the Public Sector Workers Union of the Ghana Airport Company Limited Abdul-Issaka Bamba said they will not rescind their decision until the MD Yaw Kwakwa is sacked.

“Until the managing director gets out of office, we will continue with the withdrawal of service. If you want to engage us engage us through Public Sector Workers Union,” Bamba stated.

Background

Leadership of the workers on Thursday directed staff to withdraw some of their services in protest of alleged mismanagement by Kwakwa.

A statement issued by the GACL union said all general staff should withdraw their services at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) from today 26 February 2021, until otherwise communicated by the Union.

“Action has become necessary following the board’s attempt to shelve the report of an investigative committee comprising the Ministry of Aviation, the Board, Senior Management, and the Public Services Workers Union which confirms the allegations of mismanagement and abuse of office levelled against the Managing Director, Mr Yaw Kwakwa,” the statement said.

The affected services shall include; screening of pre-board passengers and access control, fire/safety cover for all aircraft, water supply and sewage treatment and public announcement and flight display.

Fred Dzakpata

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