Ghana aviation workers threaten crippling strike
The disgruntled workers claim that the high frequency equipment that cost the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAAA) more than 600,000 euros had been lying idle in store rooms for months owing to unavailability of land for its installation.
It is unfortunate it has come to this
“It is unfortunate it has come to this, but as you are aware, communication is very vital in our industry and we need to install this high frequency and other equipment to enhance air safety”, the workers said in a statement signed by several GCAA unions.
William Amoako, a spokesperson for the workers, said their appeals to government and GCAA management to facilitate the installation of the equipment had been ignored.
“We’ve made several appeals to the Ministry of Transport as well as our management to secure the land for us to install the equipment and it seems it is falling on death ears,” Amoako told a local radio station.
The unions warned aviation managers against stopping or victimising any of their members who will join the strike.
The workers last month warned that Ghana risked aviation accidents if the government failed to safeguard parcels of land acquired to install safety equipment from encroachers – who are mostly politicians and private developers.
Unions said the unavailability of land to install vital safety equipment for communications, surveillance and other navigational aid in the Accra region was a time bomb.
GCAA director-general Simon Allotey acknowledged the workers’ concerns as legitimate and gave the assurance that management was in talks with relevant bodies to address the issue, particularly land encroachment.
“The withdrawal of partial services, though unfortunate, will only affect local flight operators, but management will quickly resolve the issue,” he said.
A crunch meeting that started on Tuesday involving GCAA management, Parliament’s committee on roads and transport and the Transport Ministry on the crisis is yet to bear fruit.