An Accra High Court has placed an interlocutory injunction on an intended strike by workers of the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL).
This follows threats by the staff of GACL to lay down their tools on Monday, October 19, 2020, to press home their demand for the removal of Yaw Kwakwa as Managing Director.
Among other reasons listed in a petition to President Akufo-Addo, the staff alleged that since his assumption of office two years ago, Mr. Kwakwa has demonstrated “gross incompetence, insensitivity and lack of understanding of the critical aviation industry and therefore his continuous stay in office will further derail the progress of the company.”
They also accused him of outsourcing key aspects of the company’s operations at exorbitant cost, notwithstanding the availability of in-house capacity.
A meeting was subsequently held between the company’s board and leadership of the Divisional Union on October 8, after which the agitated workers extended, by a week, the initial 14-day ultimatum given to the Presidency to remove Mr. Kawkaw.
But the National Labour Commission went to court to compel the workers to rescind their decision.
In a document sighted by JoyNews and signed by High Court Judge, Justice Kweku Ackaah Boafo, the court described the industrial action as illegal.
“It is hereby ordered that the respondent union herein whether by themselves, executives, officers, members, agents, servants, employees or other persons are restrained from embarking on the intended illegal strike action on Monday, 19th October 2020,” part of the document read.