Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) of the Coca-Cola bottling company of Ghana is demanding that the mother company, Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC) terminates the appointment of the Business Unit Managing Director for West African Countries, Felix Gomis.

According to the union, Mr Gomis has exhibited incompetence in handling the affairs of the company which has led to the closure of a Coca-Cola plant in Kumasi.

“We are petitioning the ECCBC to take immediate action on the above matter because, from 2014 to 2018 that Felix Gomis was the Managing Director in Ghana, he did not do anything significant to turn the fortunes of the business. Rather, the Kumasi plant which hitherto was very productive was shut down due to poor managerial skills,” the petition read.

The Senegalese, Mr Gomis was a one-time Managing Director of the company in Ghana between 2014 and 2018.

With a presence in 13 countries in the north and west Africa including Ghana, the ECCBC is one of Coca-Cola System’s top bottling companies in Africa

The local ICU further revealed that: “It was also during his time as MD that the Coca-Cola brand in Ghana lost its value considerably and eventually lost a significant percentage of its market shares to our main competitor, Pepsi Cola.”

Some members of the company’s staff last week protested the removal of the Managing Director, Seth Adu-Baah over fears of a potential decline in the production in his absence.

The union is however demanding the return of Mr Adu-Baah as they vow to withdraw their services as long as he stays away from the company.

 “We then want to state without any equivocation that indeed ‘No Seth, No Work’ and we intend to stay solidly behind this course,” the statement signed by over 120 employees of the company read.

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union also demanded that ECCBC replies within 24 hours.

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