One of the roles of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), is to regulate relations between workers and the employer. This role cannot be underestimated, as the TUC has played it so admirably in the interest of Ghanaian workers.
It has served effectively as link between government and workers as well the mouthpiece of organised labour in Ghana.
This important role was demonstrated when President John Mahama, met the new executives of the TUC, at the seat of government, in Accra, on Tuesday.
At the meeting, the TUC, led by its new Secretary-General, Dr Yaw Baah, commended the President for his “remarkable achievements” in the various sectors of the economy.
“We have seen all the infrastructural developments that have been carried out under your leadership – roads, bridges, airports, schools, sea ports, rural electrification, energy and job creation. These are remarkable achievements,” Dr. Baah said.
While showering praises on the government for the feat achieved in the last four years, Dr. Baah also used the opportunity to express the concern of the TUC in areas that are inimical to wellbeing of the worker and the development of the country at large.
Among some of the issues he raised, included high interest rates and the planned concession of the Electricity Company of Ghana.
Lauding the co-operation his government has enjoyed from TUC, President Mahama, pledged to closely work with organised labour and assured that their inputs into national issues would be considered.
It is, this level of co-operation that The Times expects between governments and organised labour for a harmonious labour front in the country.
Though labour agitations have been part of Ghana’s democratic dispensation since independence, we would want to use this opportunity to call for enhanced collaboration between government and labour to ensure industrial harmony.
On many occasions, disagreements between labour and government, have resulted in avoidable labour unrest including strikes and demonstrations, which have resulted in unquantifiable loss to the state.
Strikes and other forms of labour agitations, as legal as they may be, have their own consequences on our national economy, and we must be proactive enough to avoid such industrial actions.
As we speak, there is brewing tension between government and 12 labour unions, over the release of their Tier-2 pension funds to their private fund managers. Workers have served notice to strike. We pray they do not carry out their threat, but we urge government to meet their demands.
We urge for restraints on the part of the unions, while urging the government to find lasting solution to the problem to avoid industrial unrest.
We call for a more collaborative relationship between government and labour to ensure future disagreements are resolved without workers laying down their tools which would ultimately affect the economy of the country.