A statement jointly signed by John Elton Botchway, Chairman, General Transport Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU) of TOR; and Kirk Kofi Amo-Asante, Chairman, Union of Industry Commerce and Finance Workers (UNICOF) expressed their disapproval about the media report that TOR was in tatters and workers were crying over delayed salaries and allowances.
“As Union Executives and representatives of workers at Tema Oil Refinery, we would like to state emphatically clear that there is no iota of truth in the story and that the said piece smacks of a reprehensible propaganda meant to tarnish the reputation of the company and also to distract management and workers from continuing with the hard work done so far.”
“Again, the assertion in the story that workers of TOR are paid by the government exposes the sheer ignorance by the reporter who refused to abide by the ethics of journalism by not contacting any Union or management member for our side of the story. TOR workers are paid by our own internally generated funds and not from the consolidated funds,” the statement added.
“Most importantly, we would like to state that management has been fulfilling its mandate of paying all salaries and arrears to workers since the Isaac Osei-led administration took charge of affairs of the refinery, and on time too.
“On the issue of foreign trainings, we would like to place on record that no training meant for a staff member has been circumvented and given to a Board member as wrongly purported by the story.
“We the workers of TOR are therefore alarmed, disappointed and bewildered as to how a newspaper could peddle such falsehood about a company like Tema Oil Refinery.
“Currently as we speak, all we need now as workers of TOR is the continuous supply of crude oil for us to be able to refine. It is also instructive to note that there is maximum cooperation between management, the Board members and workers here at Tema Oil Refinery and we have no indication that the Board Chairman has been meddling in the affairs of management when it comes to the day to day running of the company,” they added.