ILO boss calls on Organised Labour to join forces to ensure growth

The Director-General of Intertional Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, has urged Trade Union Organisations (TUO) in Africa to do more to ensure that high economic growth in Africa is translated to promote the interest of workers.

He observed that Africa’s economic successes over the years are yet to transform the living conditions of its people for the better, and emphasised the need for TUOs to join forces to ensure that the growth is converted into a broadly-based and balanced development to enhance the welfare of workers on the continent.

Mr. Ryder said this in Accra yesterday, when he paid a visit to the head office of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU).

The transition from economic growth to social progress and justice, according to him though a bigger challenge for governments and organisations in Africa, could be resolved around a clear vision and strong political will.

He said the ILO was committed to working with TUOs in Africa including the OATUU, to enhance the living conditions of workers.

Mr. Ryder expressed the hope that human-based and development-driven policies such as the employment policy that was launched in Accra on Wednesday, would propel social progress for all and sundry.

He, however, called on international communities to respond to some of the developmental challenges confronting the continent.

The Secretary-General of OATUU, Arezki Mezhoud commended the ILO boss for the visit, and called for the strengthening of ties between the two organisations.

He was convinced that with the support of the ILO, the OATUU would be able to advance its objectives for the greater good of workers in Africa.

He said the visit, which was the first of its kind of an ILO boss officially visiting the OATUU, had come at this time to strengthen the co-operation and solidarity, as well as attract technical and financial support from OATUU’s international partners.

Mr. Mezhoud used the occasion to confirm OATUU’s participation in the 13th African Regional Meeting to take place from November 30 to December 3, this year.

By Charles Amankwa   

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