Mr Daniel Amanfo Acquah, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has called on the government to prioritize fixing the economy to help sustain the commitment of Ghanaian workers. Speaking at the 2023 May Day celebrations in Kumasi, Mr Acquah highlighted that the current economic situation of the country was dire and unsustainable, and immediate actions were needed to address it.
Protecting Decent Jobs and Incomes
In his address, Mr Acquah stressed the importance of protecting decent jobs that afforded workers the opportunity to earn regular incomes, as many workers were losing their jobs due to the abuse of rights by some employers. He also highlighted the growing trend of employers taking advantage of weaknesses in labour laws and replacing permanent employment contracts with fixed-term contracts, which often resulted in job insecurity and unstable incomes for workers.
Revamping the Economy
Mr Acquah called on the government to expedite actions on revamping the economy and bring relief to the Ghanaian worker. He emphasized that the protection of incomes required the protection of decent jobs, which in turn required a stable and thriving economy. Therefore, efforts must be made to mitigate the economic challenges facing the country, including reducing the prices of commodities like fuel that affected almost everything.
Hope in the Midst of Economic Challenges
In response, Mr Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, acknowledged the current “shaky” state of Ghana’s economy but assured Ghanaians that all hope was not lost. The Minister emphasized that the government was instituting rigorous measures to mitigate the economic challenges, including efforts to reduce the prices of commodities like fuel. He called on Ghanaian workers to have faith in the government, as it was doing everything to change the economic challenges facing the country.
For the most part, Mr Acquah’s call to prioritize fixing Ghana’s economy to sustain the commitment of workers and protect their incomes and decent jobs cannot be overstated. As Ghana seeks to recover from the economic challenges facing the country, it is imperative that the government prioritizes policies that promote job creation, income security and economic growth.
Source: Ghana News Agency