Govt must move away from financial National Cathedral

Dr Anthony Yaw Baah,TUC boss

Dr Anthony Yaw Baah,TUC boss

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) says it is surprised by government’s decision to fund the building of the National Cathedral with state funds contrary to earlier suggestions to only cater for the land.

According to the TUC, the turn in events was “inconsistent with earlier statement so eloquently espoused by government officials not to commit funds to the project beyond the provision of land.”

“We were therefore surprised to hear from the Minister of Finance that the state is facilitating the process of building the Cathedral by providing the land, secretariat and seed money for the preparatory phase.

“We want to urge the government to move away from such non-priority projects,” it advised.

The TUC was in a statement copied to the Ghanaian Times, reacting to the fall out of the 2019 budget read in parliament last Thursday by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta.

Themed, “Stronger Economy for Jobs and prosperity,” the 2019 budget focused on growing the economy within a broad framework of fiscal consolidation aimed at maintaining macroeconomic stability.

Expressing satisfaction that the budget quite resonated with proposals made by the trades union prior to its presentation, the TUC pledged its readiness to “partner government to chart a new path for Ghana.”

Taking the issues one after the other, the TUC commended government for scrapping the 35 per cent tax on incomes in excess of GH¢10,000.

To the Union, the decision to present to Parliament a completed draft policy on tax exemptions was the right thing to do.

“We encourage government to review all tax exemptions and scrap those that are not benefiting the country and instead provide tax incentives for local firms that are able to employ a significant number of university graduates and young people in general,” it advised.

Lauding plans by government to provide more jobs in 2019 and financial resources to the Ghana Statistical Service and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to quarterly collect employment data, the Union urged that government to consider registering the NaBCo beneficiaries with the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to inculcate in them the spirit of long-term savings.

The TUC appealed to government to consider the payment of exit packages for workers who lost their jobs in affected banks as a result of reforms by the Bank of Ghana in the banking sector.

On the plight of prisoners across the country, the Trades Union appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to visit the prisons “as soon as possible to assess the appalling conditions in the prisons.”

“We have taken note of government’s plans to institutionalise social partnership among organised labour, Ghana Employers Association and government and we want to assure our commitment to this partnership because we believe that it will provide the avenue for harnessing ideas for effective management of our economy,” the Union pledged.

By Times Reporter


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