FRANCIS ADOMAKO WISHES ALL WORKERS A HAPPY LABOUR DAY
On the occasion of International Workers’ Day or Labour Day, Francis Adomako takes this opportunity to extend best wishes to all workers throughout our dear nation.
This significant day, which celebrates the importance of human labour, allows for workers to rally in solidarity with each other and to further highlight their invaluable contributions towards the development of Ghana.
From slavery, indentureship, colonial times to present day, workers have scored innumerable victories and have radically transformed their working conditions. The struggle to accomplish these feats was long and hard. Many were brutalised; many were jailed and many paid the ultimate price with their lives. These victories must be celebrated, sacrifices respected and lives never forgotten. However, many of the gains won by these which were being threatened under the incompetent Political adminstration era with high youth unemployment, power fluctuations and high utility customer price index have seen massive improvement under the recent government.
The current government has ensured improvements in workers’ well-being, most recently, by increasing the monthly public service minimum wage by 11 percent from GHC 10.65 to GHC11.82, which took effect from January 1, 2020; attracting investment to catalyse job-creation; promoting entrepreneurship as a stimulus for employment and expanding public services.
Though, the recent unexpected COVID-19 pandemic has plunge the entire globe economy of which our country Ghana is not an exception. But it is worth noting that “We can bring the economy back to live but what we cannot do is bringing people back to life” (Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 2020)
The labour movement is urged to continue to work with the government, private sector and civil society to support their efforts in creating employment, especially for women and young people.
The current government remains a friend of workers and of the labour union. It supports the trade unions’ struggle for a good life for everyone.
Happy Labour Day!
Wear your mask
🇬🇭🇬🇭 Francis Adomako, NPP Ashanti Regional Organizer.