Sacking ‘inefficient’ ECG staff is ‘wrong’ – PUWU to ACEP

The Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU), has dismissed suggestions by the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) for some workers to be laid off as government seeks a private partner to manage ECG.

According to PUWU, this assertion is wrong and must not be considered by government and stakeholders.

“I don’t know how ACEP takes and determines who is fit and who is not fit. Even within ECG system, anybody who fails to meet the requisite requirement. If you go contrary to laid down procedures and the law catches with you, you are dealt with. So it is not like nobody is sacked or dismissed from the company for the wrong reason.” the General Secretary of the Public Utility Workers Union, Micheal Adumattah Nyantakyi asserted.

ACEP has suggested to government to be firm in retaining only deserving staff of ECG.

In the Center’s view, consumers have not been served well by the ECG over the years hence the need for a review to turn around the fortunes of the company.

But Micheal Adumattah Nyantakyi maintains to Citi Business News that ACEP’s suggestion is vague.

“I do not get the point being pushed by ACEP because if people are not meeting their expected target, or if people do things that are contrary to the rules and regulations and they are found out, they are disciplined according to laid down procedures,” he added.

Gov’t must retain deserving workers- ACEP

The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), earlier voiced out their desire for government to be firm in retaining only deserving staff of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)

A statement issued by the energy policy think tank last week further impressed on government to critically evaluate the work of the employees and appropriately address the issue of inefficient staff.

their main worry was the inconveniences borne by consumers due to the strike held earlier by the ECG workers.

“The concerns of workers about job security should be addressed but this should not be used to shield workers who cannot live up to expectations. Job security must go side-by-side with responsibility. Government as part of the reforms process must conduct job evaluation of the workers to identify those who deserve to work in the company,” the statement said.

By: Jessica Ayorkor Aryee/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana

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