400 Graphic Communications Group workers prepare to resist company sale

Tensions are escalating at the Graphic Communications Group as staff members gear up for a confrontation with management over plans to liquidate the state-owned company, renowned for its flagship newspaper, the Daily Graphic.

Reports obtained by The Herald indicate brewing discontent among workers, who vehemently oppose the move by the Akufo-Addo government to sell off the company.

The workforce, already enduring months of unpaid salaries, is outraged by the government’s directive to recapitalize the company and transform it into a profit-driven entity.

Fueling their resistance are allegations that the Managing Director, Ato Afful, in collaboration with former staff members, is conspiring with a prominent Minister of State to orchestrate a takeover of the company through a private entity.

It is rumored that this scheme aims to acquire the company’s vast land holdings scattered across the country.

As a prominent figure within the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the largest opposition party, and a former president, workers believe Mahama’s opinion on the sale of the state-owned company and its assets holds significant weight.

Expressing concerns that the privatization of the newspaper could lead to its exploitation as a political propaganda tool, workers fear the repercussions for Ghanaian citizens’ right to unbiased information and participation in national development.

A notice issued to staff on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, announced an emergency meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 11 am, where the Managing Director is expected to make a significant announcement.

The venue is set at the staff canteen, with regional staff joining via Zoom, and attendance deemed compulsory.

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