CPP Lauds Organised Labour

Samia_NkrumahThe  Convention People’s Party (CPP) says it is in support of yesterday’s demonstration embarked upon by Organised Labour  which witnessed thousands of workers pour onto the streets to protest against the rising cost of living.
It thus, becomes the first political party to officially endorse the nationwide protests which took place simultaneously in the 10 regional capitals.

Some political connoisseurs described the demonstrations as the largest in recent times in the country.
A statement signed by the party’s chairman, Samia Nkrumah said “the CPP salutes the TUC and our workers nationwide for showing courage and leadership in these challenging times”.

The statement noted that the CPP was deeply concerned over the ever-worsening state of our nation’s economy and the great sacrifices which the workers of the country had made daily, against all odds, to stabilise the national labour front and to protect the national economy from total collapse.

“As historical allies of the workers movement in our country, the CPP will always remain steadfast in standing in solidarity with workers in their legitimate struggle and demand for economic and social justice for all Ghanaians.”

The party said it therefore, supported the Ghanaian workers’ right to demonstrate and express their frustration at the direction and state of our economy, adding that “the CPP’s position on the economy tallies with that of the Trades Union Congress”.

It explained that one of the main reasons for our present economic predicament has been the absence of a programme of self-help and self-reliance as begun by the CPP led by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, decades ago.
Saying such a programme would have helped Ghanains  from becoming the providers of raw materials and importers of expensive manufactured goods.

“The CPP’s mission will therefore be to re-activate our agenda for freedom by continuing the work of Dr. Nkrumah and to realise complete social, economic and political and cultural emancipation”.

“This means reviving the hundreds of manufacturing plants, including the Tema Oil Refinery  which has been neglected by governments over the years, planning for our development, putting the Ghanaian at the commanding heights of the economy, delivering of basic needs including quality, compulsory and free education linked to industry, and re-awakening our consciousness to our ability as Africans to manage our own affairs with fairness and compassion to all” the statement said .

“We support the TUC’s call for our economy to be managed differently so as to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every Ghanaian”.

Noting that, opting for austerity measures has rather led to higher utility tariffs and hikes in prices of petroleum products that have caused a serious drop in the quality of life of the workers and people of Ghana.

“Like the TUC, we believe the current trend of the economy is suffocating businesses, worsening the unemployment situation and loss of more jobs, and is responsible for the price hikes and economic hardship. Our current economic growth strategy of inflation targeting and fiscal austerity is stifling growth and deepening our economic dependence”.

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