Domestic airlines in Ghana grounded as GCAA workers strike

Kotoka_International 1All domestic airlines in Ghana are to be grounded on Saturday July 9, following a strike declared by workers of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) over what they describe as “unsatisfactory” a meeting held over the wrongful takeover of airport lands.

The workers had earlier suspended the initial threat of a strike due to a meeting with the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Nii Osah Mills to discuss their concerns over airport lands which have been encroached upon.

After the meeting the workers indicated that the 20 acres of land to be allocated for the installation of navigation equipment was inadequate and blamed government and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority for doing little to secure designated airport lands.

The workers say the over 640 acres of airport lands has been taken over by government and private developers, an action they say is injurious to the safety standards of Ghana’s aviation industry.

They say equipment worth over 600,000 Euros purchased by the authority have been left idle due to the unavailability of land

According to the staff GCAA, two parcels of land at Adenta (La Nkwantana) and Labadi (La Wireless) have been encroached leaving them with limited space to install equipment for receiving and transmitting information.

The decision would adversely affect the domestic flight industry with flights bound to Accra and those scheduled to take off from Accra to be most affected.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana
Twitter: @3newsgh

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