Workers of Sinohydro Company working on the ongoing Tamale Interchange have declared strike over what they described as deliberate refusal by the company to pay arrears, poor salary and disrespect by management staff.
This was revealed to ghdominancenews.com when the striking workers spoke at the site on condition of anonymity yesterday, March 16, 2021.
According to them, the company is owing the workers three (3) months risky allowance, their demand for increment of their 20 Ghana cedis daily mark, including one (1) year redundancy fees, which is in arrears of six (6) months.
The angry Sinohydro workers also complained of over taxing by the company which is in a range of about three hundred Ghana cedis (300) at the end of every month.
“We asked for our risky allowance, which they promised to pay us, but, it has not been fulfilled. Our salary too is too meager, 20 GHC per day, when we asked an increment, no one wants to give us a listening ear. The company is also owing us six months redundancy fees, and it is because of this we have decided not to work again, until they address our concerns”, the striking workers said.
It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo cut the sod in 2019 March for the construction of the Tamale Interchange through a barter arrangement at a cost of US$2 billion including some priority infrastructure projects to be delivered across the country, in exchange for the delivery of Ghanaian manufactured aluminium products to Sinohydro.
As of January 31, this year work on the interchange was 60 per cent complete, with assurance that it will be completed by July 31, 2021.The interchange is about one kilometre long, links the road leading from the Dakpema Palace through to the Central Taxi Rank and Central Market intersection and the Sakasaka road.
Among the works completed are the retaining walls for both the northern and southern sections of the interchange, the piles under bridge works and pile caps under the bridge, while the piers under the bridge works and box Girder are almost completed.