Almost all staff of the Cocoa Processing Company at Tema who were asked to proceed on leave, have resumed work following completion of maintenance at the company’s factory site.
This is according to the company’s Public Relations Officer and Human Resource Manager, Ekow Rhule.
About eighty workers of the CPC were asked by management to proceed on leave in January to allow maintenance to be carried out at two of the factory sites.
The decision was met with mixed reactions from both the local workers’ union and some industry watchers. They had argued that the decision was an attempt to cover a redundancy exercise as the company was no longer viable.
But Ekow Rhule in an interview with Citi Business News, flatly denied such comments saying the workers had been resuming since the end of February.
He was however hopeful the exercise will enable the Cocoa Processing Company meet its target for the year.
“They are back and everybody is working. We have completed the maintenance schedule and everybody who went home is back. If anyone is still at home, then it means they have not exhausted the leave yet. There was nothing like redundancy the only reason that we shut down was for maintenance every year,” the Public Relations Officer and HR Manager said.
On the impact of the maintenance on the production of the CPC, Ekow Rhule said,
“We have a target and this year, our target is to do about three thousand metric tons of beans so once the maintenance has been done, it means we will be able to process that amount of cocoa beans.