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Mineworkers union condemns outsourcing to outsiders

The Ghana Mineworkers’ Union of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has expressed its resentment about the decision of some mining companies to outsource jobs meant for its members to outside contractors.

Describing it as an “ugly” practice, the union said apart from Gold Fields Ghana Limited that employes a sizable number of their members as security personnel, the rest have all outsourced that department.

The National Chairman of the Union, Mr Mensah Kwarko Gyakari, told the media after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Accra that: “As we speak now, most of the companies we are working with have started outsourcing their departments. It is not like the job is not there, these jobs are there but because they want to maximise profit what they do is to outsource the department to outside contractors and strategically pay them peanuts,” he explained.

He said that the union had also picked information suggesting that Goldfields had started operations at the Dam…

Gov’t secures Ghc448 to create database

As part of governments’ efforts to curb the rampant encroachment and illegal acquisition of its landed properties, it has secured a grant of Ghc448,198 from the Japanese Government’s Counter-Value Fund to create a database with digital images of its assets using Geographic Information System (GIS).

Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister For Water Resources, Works and Housing, who disclosed this at an encounter with the media recent, said the exercise was very important because registers of government buildings and landed properties maintained by various public sector institutions were incomplete, unreliable or non-existent.

He said the Ministry has set up an Implementation Committee to undertake a comprehensive compilation of register of all state buildings and bonded land banks maintained by Public Sector Institutions.

“Since its inauguration, the Committee has completed the feasibility phase which involved the collection of occupancy information on government bungalows in som…

Labadi Beach Hotel wins 5-Star Hotel of the Year

Labadi Beach Hotel has been adjudged the 5-star hotel of the year at the 10th National Tourism Awards held in Accra at the weekend.

The other recipients of the awards included Best Western Premier Hotel, four-star hotel of the year, Biege Village Resort, three-star hotel of the year, MJ Grand Hotel, two-star hotel of the year and Windy Bay Hotel, one-star hotel of the year.

This year's event, on the theme: "Harnessing Our Tourism Resources for National Development," gave out 29 competitive and honorary awards to individuals and organisations who have made immense contributions to the growth of the tourism industry.

Mrs Elizabeth Ofusu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, said the awards was instituted to drive service quality in the country's tourism and enhance Ghana's position as a competitive tourism destination.

She said it also provided a platform to recognise and reward deserving partners and stakeholders who had supported …

Four personalities of Osu honoured

The Osu Traditional Council has honoured four distinguished elders of Osu for their meritorious and dedicated service towards the development of the community. They are Nii Narku Nartey (aka Abian), Mr Solomon Nortey Owuo (aka Papa Shandy), Madam Elizabeth Adjin and Madam Ayishetu Ladze Dowuona.
The four were honoured at a maiden senior citizens get-together at the Osu Mantse Palace at the weekend. Citations for their contribution and hard work were read. Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, Osu Mantse and President of the Osu Traditional Council, said a community without opinion leaders could not thrive. “It is upon this notion that we celebrate and honour people who are 60 and above whose toil and hard work have brought Osu that far in development and I say to them well done and Ayekoo,” he said. Nii Kinka Dowuona asked the senior citizens not to hesitate to bring their wisdom and knowledge to bear on the members of the Council, saying: “our doors are opened to all shades of opinions that can mov…

Beige Capital opens East Legon branch

Beige capital, a Ghanaian savings and loans company, is steadily fulfilling its quest to offer banking services to clients in the small and medium enterprises (SME) market in Ghana with the opening of its East Legon, Bawaleshi branch.
Mr. Mike Nyinaku, Chief Executive Officer of Beige Capital, said the company had in the past six years grown into a bank that provides banking services to about 150,000 individual clients in addition to over 5,000 corporate and institutional clients.
The bank also provides direct and continuous employment to about 700 people and forecasts an increase to about 1,000 by the end of 2015.
Speaking to the GNA in an interview, Mr Nyinaku said a major challenge the Beige Capital continued to face was in the area of people where they had to constantly train employees that are hired.
This, he said, was because graduates who come out of school had a different understanding of work productivity.
He called on stakeholders, especially academia, to come with a curricula …

Fred Yaw Sarpong grabs two top awards

Madina Queen of Peace Co-operative registers profit

Assets of Madina Queen of Peace Co-operative Credit Union (QPCCU) grew from GH¢1,716,298.46 in 2013 to GH¢2,631,641.40 in 2014, while members savings increased significantly from GH¢1,475,604.77 in 2013 to GH¢1,987,335.76 in 2012.

This represents an increase of 25.7 per cent.

Shares of the Union increased from GH¢ 97,992.92 to GH¢ 138,921.29 representing 29.4 per cent.

Mr George Bannor, Chairman of the Board made this known at the 32nd Annual General Meeting in Accra on the theme: "Building a formidable Credit Union for the betterment of Members."

Touching on net surplus, he said in 2014 the Union accumulated GH¢ 63,217.07 as against GH¢64,786.28 in 2013.

He noted that the slight reduction in profit was due to the high operational cost and some unforeseen events. The financial reserves was GH¢173,765.57 in 2014 while in 2013 it recorded GH¢125,529.59.

He said QPCCU has a total membership of 3,194 in 2014 as against 2,628 in 2013.

The Board Chairman said the Un…

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