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Telecom systems to shutdown as telecom workers declare strike

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Telecom systems to shutdown as telecom workers declare strike

The telecom industry is set to go on an indefinite statewide strike starting on Monday, September 5, 2022, which will result in a shutdown of Ghana’s communications infrastructure.

The Telecom and IT Professionals Union (TIP) executive called for the strike, which is intended to press home demands for a number of service conditions. TIP’s members are primarily outsourced engineers, technicians, IT professionals, and other allied workers managing the technical operations of the three major telecom companies, MTN, Vodafone, and Airtel Tigo.

In a statement released on Thursday in Accra and signed by TIP General Secretary Israel Edem Agbegbor, the telecom employees threatened to stop working until their bosses complied with three crucial “non negotiable demands.”

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In a notice of strike dated August 25, 2022, the union allegedly duly informed the National Labor Commission and their four subcontract employers, Reliance Personnel Services Limited, Reime Ghana Limited, MP Infrastructure Ghana Limited, and Linfra Ghana Limited.

The union is calling for the “immediate recall of all targeted TIP members whose contracts had not been renewed by these firms by simple membership with the union and other Union officials who are part of the current Joint standing negotiation committee and sub committee negotiating the 2022 Collective Agreement and salary increment.”

The “immediate payment of Golden Handshake to all our members whose contracts with Reliance have ended and have not been renewed” is also demanded.

Furthermore, the union is requesting that “after over six weeks of declaring a standstill, joint signature and submission of a letter to NLC submitting the salary negotiation and pending items in the 2022 Collective Agreement to obligatory or voluntary arbitration.”

According to the statement, the union was compelled to take these actions as a result of an increase in member victimization occurrences and the employers’ lack of cooperation and commitment to meeting their unmet requests.

The statement continued, “And because all efforts to obtain these employers’ cooperation have failed, we consider it is time for action until the following non-negotiable criteria are met.”

According to the union, the action was taken in retaliation for their employers’ decision not to extend the contracts of more than 100 targeted members and executives at TIP’s national, regional, and branch levels.

These include the members of the current Joint Standing Negotiation Committee or Sub-Committee that is attempting to reach an agreement with the employers on the 2022 CA and wage increase.

The Union claims that from July 2022, the four employers that served as Huawei Technologies’ subcontractors and employment agencies on the managed service operations of MTN, Vodafone, and Airtel Tigo have refused to sign an unified document referring impasses to arbitration.

Despite the fact that the union had complained to the Labour Commission about the employers’ unfair labor practices, persecution of union members, and lack of cooperation in resolving remaining concerns, it claimed that no action had been taken against the employers.

The statement emphasized that it was “clearly left to us to take the appropriate action to deal with these unfair labor practices and conduct that threatens the very future of the Union.”

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Meet MC Desaint, The Young Celebrated Event Host Who Has Been Perking Up Events In Ghana

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The act of Mcing requires that the Master of Ceremony steers the whole affair into a nice and fruitful sequence. The young sensation, MC Desaint does just that. Let us take a peek into his career and get to understand why he is regarded amongst the best in his line of hustle in Ghana.

MC Desaint born, Isaac Kwafo Djan hails from the Eastern Region but resides in Labadi in the Greater Accra Region. He had his basic education at La Experimental School, Abeka Motorway 2 Jhs and Aquinas Senior High School for high school.

After high school, MC Desaint found it joyous to master ceremonies. He did not know how to begin with until one Mr Prince Owusu Ansah, CEO of Prinlive Fashion School, then his advisor and boss motivated him to start since he finds it in him. He then pushed him to it by giving him the opportunity to host his school’s first graduation ceremony (first gig).

MC Desaint has hosted over 600 events, both corporate and social. Amongst them is, “3 Music Abeka Homowo Festival Jam 2022” and several other big stages.

What makes MC Desaint exclusive from all other MCs in Ghana is that he is agile on the microphone, eloquent, articulate, jovial and very passionate about his craft. He makes every event he is on lit because he spits literary flames.

MC Desaint see himself in the near future as as a presidential MC and gearing towards all the big stages both locally and internationally.

Follow or book MC Desaint on the following social media fora;

Instagram: @mcdesaint

Facebook: @Isaac Djan

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IMF team to visit Ghana from 26 September to 7 October

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IMF team to visit Ghana from 26 September to 7 October

From September 26 to October 7, a staff delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Stéphane Roudet, mission leader for Ghana, will be in Accra to continue negotiations with the Ghanaian government about policies and reforms that could be financed by an IMF funding arrangement.

During the tour, IMF employees will also interact with other stakeholders further.

Between July 6 and July 13, 2022, a staff delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Carlo Sdralevich visited Accra to assess the country’s economic situation and talk about the general framework of the government’s Enhanced Domestic Program that could be financed by an IMF lending arrangement.

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Vice-President Bawumia, Finance Minister Ofori-Atta, and Governor Addison of the Bank of Ghana met with the IMF delegation (BoG).

In order to discuss social spending, the team also visited with the Finance Committee of the Parliament, nonprofits, and development agencies like UNICEF and the World Bank.

“Ghana is dealing with a severe economic and social situation in a challenging international climate. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a dramatic worsening of the financial and debt crisis.

Investors’ worries have also led to credit rating downgrades, capital outflows, a lack of access to external markets, and higher domestic borrowing rates, according to a statement from Sdralevich.

BoG reschedules MPC meeting

Prior to this, the BoG changed the date of its impending interest rate decision from 26 September to 7 October in order to coincide with the conclusion of an IMF mission to the nation.

“To allow the decision on the policy rate to benefit from the wider talks to be made during the term, the Bank of Ghana is rescheduling its 108th Monetary Policy Committee meeting to coincide with the end of the IMF mission. On October 7, 2022, a decision about the direction of monetary policy will be made public, according to a statement from the BoG.

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