ICU Throws Weight Behind Times Staff In Wild Protests Against MD

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) has backed protests by workers of the New Times Corporation against management of the company.

The staff on Monday locked out their Managing Director, Carol Annan, demanding her immediate removal from the company.

They also accused management of failing to pay their provident fund for years.

Chairman of the workers union, Diana Busoh told Joy News’ Emefa Dzradosi in an interview that they will no longer allow the inefficiencies to continue.

“All promises from management has been empty for years now and so at this moment, we see it necessary to come out. We have been quiet for a long time and it is the time for us to let the whole country and the world to know that things are not working well at New Times Corporation,” she said.

General Secretary of the ICU, Solomon Kotei said things should not be allowed to remain the same.

For a company like the Times, the ICU believes that more can be achieved if the right things are done and management works efficiently.

Mr Kotei added that the workers will stand firm in their resolve to get Times back to its glory days.

“They will not be the reason Times dies off. We shall resume work and we will make sure that she [the MD] does not step foot here,” he said.

President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Affail Monney has been to the Corporation and promised to help address the issues.

“I believe this is something that can be resolved. This is a low hanging fruit which can be fixed,” Mr Monney said.

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