The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union, (GMWU)of the Trades Union Congress has expressed deep concern by the global Covid-19 pandemic and its potential consequences on the health and safety of its cherished members, as well as, the operational and business implications for mining companies, and the industry at large.
In a release signed by its General Secretary, Abdul-Moomin Gbana last week, the Union commended the bold and concrete steps taken by the Government of Ghana so far in response to the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus, especially the President for the show of leadership.
The Union also commended all employers and social partners within the mining industry for proactively developing response measures targeted at preventing the spread of the virus.
“Whilst commending Government and our social partners for the concrete actions taken so far, the Union acknowledges that these are not normal times and therefore takes serious note of all the positive cases recorded so far, and calls on the public especially its members, to scale-up the already known health and safety culture in the mining industry by adhering strictly with the health and safety protocols issued by the Ministry of Health, as well as, any complementary protocols instituted by their respective employers at the enterprise level to forestall the spread of the virus”.
In difficult times such as what the world is currently grappling with, the Union is urging all employers in the industry to continuously leverage their longstanding experience as health and safety champions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 from wreaking havoc on Ghana’s mining industry, which undoubtedly is a major foreign exchange earner for our country.
During this period, the Union also wishes to encourage employers to promote remote work particularly for vulnerable workers like lactating mothers and pregnant women, and also endeavour to create official channels or platforms for regular updates about the Covid-19 pandemic especially in this era of social media and fake news.