The General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), Morgan Ayawine, has urged employers in Ghana to commit to paying their workers living wages that conform to international standards. He emphasized that this would be a fair compensation for the toils and sacrifices made by workers, which translate into increased productivity and contribute to national development.
Mr. Ayawine made these comments in his May Day message to all members of the Union, as Ghanaian workers joined others across the globe to mark the occasion under the theme: ‘Protecting Incomes and Pensions in an Era of Economic Crises: Our Responsibility’.
In his message, he stressed the importance of protecting pensions, which he said should not be violated under any circumstances, given its significance to the survival of workers now and in the future. To this end, he called on all stakeholders in the socio-economic equation of the country to work towards achieving a living wage for workers in Ghana, which he said must be a shared responsibility.
Mr. Ayawine also assured employers and the government that workers in Ghana would continue to work hard to play their role in the country’s economic equation. However, he urged employers to motivate workers by institutionalizing a living wage and ending the casualization of employment. Meanwhile, he called on the government to promulgate sound and effective economic policies and programs that would create a conducive environment for economic growth and development.
For the most part, the call for a living wage for Ghanaian workers reflects the need to ensure that workers receive fair compensation for their efforts, which is necessary to ensure their well-being and that of their families. It is essential that all stakeholders recognize this responsibility and work towards meeting the needs of Ghanaian workers.
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