Skyy News have learnt that the Ghana Immigration Service is considering repatriating the Manager of the Ghana Household Utilities Manufacturing Company Limited (GHUMCO) Mr. Zhu; the Chinese national who coerced Ghanaian workers to apologize to his dogs after being bitten by the animal. The Ghana Immigration Service in collaboration with the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) picked up Mr. Zhu and the human resources manager of the company for interrogations yesterday.
Mr. Zhu and his management team are facing two counts of charges which include, human right abuse, and breach of the labor laws of Ghana.
Reports are that a total of five workers have suffered from severe dog bites at the company’s premises, out of which two refused to render an apology to the dogs, which subsequently led to their dismissal.
The three others due to the maltreatment resigned upon the request of the manger to render the apology to the animal. Western Region Region Coordinator for the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) Gyan Peter Gyan, in an interview with Skyy News’ Nana Yaw Kumi intimated that the country’s labour act frowns on such treatment met out at workers irrespective of their nationality.
“For the labour issues, ICU has written to the standing negotiation committee which will deal with it…the abuse of human rights is being handled by the immigration and as I speak to you, the workers have submitted their various reports including the dog bite victims involved, and the national union has also submitted our own report”, he explained.
“We want government and for that matter immigration to look into this issue because as we see now, the man’s continues stay at the factory is a threat to the workers which may cause industrial unrest and as a law abiding workers, we don’t want to create any chaos in the country so we want him out”, Mr. Gyan Peter Gyan added.
On another count, the workers are alleging that no safety protocols and ware are taken at the workplace, and thus predisposes them to serious risk.
Most of these workers according to Mr. Gyan Peter Gyan work under substandard safety conditions.
“GHUMCO is known for poor working conditions, it is one company which do not respect the country’s safety standards. it is sad to see workers working in a hot factory barefooted, some even work half naked in such hot conditions, the workers have complained severally but the company seem unconcerned they wear their own cloths in working no safety boots, no trousers and shirts, no gloves nothing’ he argued.
Story: Eric Gyetuah/Skyy News