• Short Summary

    LONRHO - THE LONDON-BASED COMPANY WHICH RECENTLY ACQUIRED THE ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS CORPORATION IN GHANA - AGREED LAST THURSDAY (20 MARCH) TO MEET MINERS ' DEMANDS FOR THREE MONTHS SEVERANCE PAY IN FACE OF THE FURTHER STRIKE CALL FOR 12 APRIL.

  • Description

    LONRHO - THE LONDON-BASED COMPANY WHICH RECENTLY ACQUIRED THE ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS CORPORATION IN GHANA - AGREED LAST THURSDAY (20 MARCH) TO MEET MINERS ' DEMANDS FOR THREE MONTHS SEVERANCE PAY IN FACE OF THE FURTHER STRIKE CALL FOR 12 APRIL.

    THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AFTER A FOUR-HOUR MEETING - ATTENDED BY GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES - BETWEEN MANAGEMENT DELEGATES AND LEADERS OF THE GHANA MINE WORKERS' UNION AT OBUASI. THEIR JOINT COMMUNIQUE DECLARED THAT IT RESOLVES ALL THE ISSUES INVOLVED IN THE DISPUTE.

    THE DELEGATION OF THE GHANA MINEWORKERS' UNION WAS LED BY MR. IAN. I.N. AIKINS, ITS GENERAL SECRETARY, AND MR. M.B. ROCKSON, ITS CHAIRMAN. MR. BENTUM, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF GHANA'S T.U.C.. WAS PRESENT AS THEIR ADVISER. MR. I.D.B. CORNER, GENERAL MINES MANAGER, LED THE MANAGEMENT DELEGATION. THE GOVERNMENT WAS REPRESENTED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. S.T. NETTEY, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASHANTI REGION COMMITTEE OF ADMINISTRATION, COLONEL YARBOI.

    THE MINERS' DEMAND FOR THREE MONTHS' SEVERANCE PAY CAUSED A WEEK-LONG STRIKE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH. DURING THE STRIKES, MINERS CLASHED WITH POLICE, AND FOUR OF THEM DIED AFTER A SHOOTING INCIDENT. THE SUBSEQUENT OFFER OF A 15-DAY SEVERANCE PAYMENT WAS REFUSED BY THE 6,000 STRIKERS, WHO ALSO IGNORED A GOVERNMENT ULTIMATUM AND ONLY RETURNED TO WORK ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT MR. BENTUM WOULD PRESS THEIR DEMANDS AND COMPLETE RENEWED NEGOTIATIONS BY 12TH APRIL.

    (THE GHANA GOVERNMENT WAS REPORTED TO HAVE LOST ABOUT GBP16,000 FOREIGN EXCHANGE DURING THE WEEK-LONG STOPPAGE.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7APAQOCKG81HQ6DNTSTJG06IS
    Media URN:
    VLVA7APAQOCKG81HQ6DNTSTJG06IS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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