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Aviation Minister Should Apologize For Insulting Airport Workers Association – PSWU

The public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of TUC, Ghana has observed with grave concern recent pronouncements by Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda the Minister for Aviation, seeking to impugn the intelligence of the leadership of the Divisional Workers Union of the Ghana Airports Company Ltd.

Hon. Adda in an interview on the 16th of April, 2019, publicly referred to the immediate past chairman and by extension the UNION as silly, fools and an uninformed group of executives who are using the term privatization loosely without an understanding.

This follows an earlier incident on the 3rd of July, 2019, wherein a meeting with sector agencies to discuss his vision for the sector, openly said the union was foolishly opposing his attempt to attract the needed investment into the sector.

We view such comments as an attack on organized labor which needs to be condemned in no uncertain terms.

We urge Mr. Adda to stick to the real issues and desist from the insults and personality attacks.

He should rather convince Ghanaians as to the reason why they should support his idea of privatizing the only International Airport which is being regarded as the best in West Africa and 4th in Africa by the Airports Council International (ACI).

We further advise that, the aviation sector is a sensitive one and that any industrial chaos will have far-reaching repercussions on the entire nation.

Background

The Ministry of Aviation has denied media reports that the Government of Ghana is seeking to privatize or sale the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Media reports earlier pointed to the fact that efforts were being made to privatize.

In 2016, KIA underwent a massive overhaul including the construction of Terminal 3, a five-level spread stretching across 45,000 meters of land. The terminal can handle up to 1,250 passengers at a time, comes equipped with three business lounges, large retail spaces, seven air bridges and can hold more than 700 cars.

Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) currently manages all airports in Ghana including Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Kumasi Airport, Tamale Airport, Sunyani Airport, Ho Airport and the WA Airstrip.