Story by Carlos Afanou

Workers of the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra have staged another demonstration over their conditions of service.

This is the second time the workers are protesting in less than two weeks over salaries, end-of-Service benefits, and Tier 1 & Tier 2 insurance contributions, among other concerns.

The workers say management failed to address their concerns the last time they protested despite assurances.

Some of them who spoke to Media  said some good staff of the company had resigned due to the supposed poor leadership class of the Managing Director, Abena Pokua Boaitey Amoah.

“Look at the professionals and the well-trained staff that we used to have. Most of them have left because of this woman (the MD).”

“A lot of the persons who were good have all left because of her. Go to Labadi Beach Hotel, when you are there, you feel you are working, but we don't have that experience here and it’s just one person [creating such issues] and if we can get the person off, things are going to be better for the collective good of the company,” some of the workers said.

Earlier response from management

The Principal Industrial Relations Officer for the Industrial Workers Union (ICU), Odelia Sowu, during an earlier demonstration, calmed tensions urging the workers to return to post as negotiations were ongoing to address all their concerns.

“We've started a very long haul in the area of our negotiations for the June salary and we appreciate the fact that today being the 27th of July we have not yet received our June salary. We want to acknowledge the fact that as employees, we are also having some challenges. You have families back at home that you need to care for and without salaries, it's becoming a challenge so, in view of this, we have taken a second look at the overall negotiation process.”

In 2018, the staff demonstrated against their Managing Director, Abena Pokua Boaitey Amoah, demanding her removal from office.

The workers, among other things, also protested her refusal to implement new salary levels, which were supposed to take effect from January 1, 2018.

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