Fear grips Fan Milk staff following dismissal of workers

Signals picked up by Today indicate all is not well with ice cream producing company, Fan Milk Limited (FML).

This, Today understands, follows what workers of the company say is “intimidating tactics” being employed by the new management.

One such tactic, the paper’s findings established, involves dismissal of workers in top positions who have worked with a sense of urgency to ensure that FML continues to stay a viable business.

Checks by Today revealed that so far the new management headed by Mr Stephane Couste, who is the Managing Director (MD) of FML, has terminated the appointment of three senior staff who were instrumental in ensuring that FML continued to deliver to the expectation of their customers and agents.

They are former IT Manager, Samuel Asante, Financial Controller, Nathan Dennis and the Assistant Manager, Eric Ofori Adarkwa, whose appointments were  terminated on June 26, 2018.

Indeed, the development has sent tongues wagging within the workers’ front, as many of them feel they could become victims of the new management.

Consequently, many of the workers have been unhappy, following the continuous dismissal of senior officers of the company.

Probing further, Today gathered that the situation was creating tension in FML, with the potential of the workers stepping onto the streets to protest what they described as ‘ill-treatment’ by the new management.

According to a source close to the company, workers were particularly concerned about what they see as ‘open discrimination at FML’ and also the lack of staff motivation on the part of management.

“The plan by the new management is to get rid of the old staff who have worked relentlessly to make FML very attractive,” our source alleged.

The source further disclosed to the paper that for the past 3 years running, FML had been experiencing products shortages.

This, the source attributed to the incompetence of the management.

Ever since the current management took over, they have not expanded the cold room facilities, which were bequeathed to them, the source indicated.

“However, interestingly management was rather doing the expansion at the factory by bringing in new machines,” the source hinted.

Again, the source alleged that the quality and size of the FML products have been tampered with several times under the watch of the current management.

The size of FML products has been reduced from 145ml to 130ml,” the source further alleged.

When Today reached Deputy Human Resource and Public Relations Officer of FML, Mr Daniel Obiri, on Thursday, July 5, 2018 to cross-check the story, he noted that he was not in an executive position to speak on the matter.

He, however, told these reporters to hold on to the story while he contacted his boss whose name he did not mention to respond to queries raised in the story.

But both Mr Obiri and his boss failed to provide any answers to these reporters’ questions on the story as promised earlier.

Again, Today  called Mr Obiri, six hours later and he said: “My boss is still in a meeting at the Fan Milk Limited headquarters at Airport Vienna City in Accra, and I would let him speak to you (referring to this reporter) if he is done.”

But Mr Obiri again failed to honour this promise too.

When Mr Obiri was reached yesterday for feedback via telephone, he gave a phone number of one Habib who he said is a member of Fan Milk Africa Team for Today  to contact on the matter.

Interestingly, several calls placed on the telephone number of Habib by these reporters went unanswered.

 

Story: Kwamena ANANSE & Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

Writers’ emails: denniskeelson@yahoo.co.uk, freeman.koryekpor.todaygh.com

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