Ghana to privatise electricity after workers loose court case
Accra, Oct. 31, 2017 (AltAfrika)-An Accra High Court has dismissed an injunction application filed by some aggrieved workers of the Electricity of Ghana (ECG) seeking to put on hold implementation of the agreement that will lead to private sector participation in the management of the company.
The workers dragged the government to the court, insisting they should be paid redundancy package because the implementation of the Millennium Challenge Compact does not guarantee their jobs.
The Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU) also joined in the case is equally asking, among other things, for a declaration that the decision by the Minister of Energy to conduct redundancy negotiations with individual employees of the ECG, including the plaintiffs, is illegal and constitutes a gross violation of Section 65 of the Labour Act.
Government through the Attorney General, opposed the application insisting the transfer of workers was legal under the Labour laws and that government will suffer “serious hardship” if the application is granted.
Delivering her ruling, Justice Laurenda Owusu dismissed the application concurring with the Attorney General that the government will suffer serious hardship if the ongoing implementation is halted.
She added that the government could at any point compensate workers if the substantive matter goes in favour of the workers.