Salary Cut hits MMT staff

Staff of Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL) in Accra has been hit by salary cut after the suspension of the Managing Director (MD).

The affected workers numbering seventeen (17) have had their salaries cut after being increased unilaterally by the then MD, Bennet Aboagye.

Sources close to the MMTL told Today that the proactive measures were being led by the newly appointed acting Managing Director of company, Mr Albert Adu Boahen.

Decision by the new acting MD was taken following Today’s publication on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 about the salary disparities at MMTL.

Documents available to Today showed one Dadzie Michael Akusi who used to earn GH¢3,600 but had his earnings raised to GH¢8,270. George Krobea Asante who was also on GH¢1,888 was lifted to GH¢ 7,250 while Samuel Yaw Larbi who was originally taking home GH¢1,700 was raised to GH¢3,770.

Other beneficiaries whose monthly salaries were below GH¢1,000.00 were also increased to GH¢ 2,000, GH¢ 3000 GH¢ 4000 respectively by the suspended MD.

The development according to the report had affected the company’s finances.

Some aggrieved staff of the company who poured out their frustrations in an interview with Today alleged only New Patriotic Party (NPP) loyalists and sympathisers enjoyed the astronomical increase in their salaries.

The situation, according to the workers, created serious disaffection among staff of the company, thereby affecting the operations of the company.

Meanwhile, the affected staff whose salaries were increased have  written to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo justifying the increase in their salaries and blamed the development on other members of staff who they suspected are loyal to the opposition National Democratic Congress.

A letter by the said workers to the President reads in part,  “Your Excellency, it will surprise you to note that, since the inception of NPP administration and the appointment of Mr Bennet Aboagye as Managing Director and Ahmed Arthur as Chairman of the Board by your good office to steer the affairs of the company, key NDC actors in the company of which some of them are occupying positions in the NDC party, have decided to do everything humanly possible to derail the good effort being put in place by Mr. Aboagye and his administration, and to cause disaffection among workers using the Union as a tool knowing well that the current Junior Staff Divisional Union Executives are all known NDC members.

The letter noted that, “the current development in the company is worrying to us as members of the NPP and if not critically considered can be very dangerous to our party in elections 2020.

“We are also pleading through your good office that the salaries of the affected staff that have been reversed should be restored to avert any legal battles that may have dire consequences on the company’s finances and image. Since the company has been in the news for bad publicity over the period,” it said.

But the security coordinator at MMTL   who helped expose the alleged financial malfeasance at the company had in a counter letter to the president, called on him to help save the company by allowing proper corporate practices to take place there.

“Your Excellency, it is no mistake that this group of “stomach party members” who signed the letter is vigorously fighting to have the arbitrary salary increment restored”, the letter said.

The letter indicated, “interestingly, the Board was not consulted in the salary increment. Your Excellency, it was among other reasons why the arbitrary and astronomical salary increment was reversed.”

 

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

Writer’s email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

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