Following recent labour unrest in the country, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has called on government, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and other stakeholders to demonstrate their willingness to end the spate of labour crisis.
While appealing to the striking doctors to call off their strike, the church has also appealed to government to be truthful to its commitments and readiness to negotiate and if possible write down an undertaking to promise to paying the doctors.
The Presbyterian Church also appealed to labour unions not to resort to entrenched positions but allow due process involving negotiations. This was made known in a communiqué issued by the Upper Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at the end of its third Annual Presbytery Conference held in Nalerigu and presented in Bolgatnga on Tuesday.
Revered Esmond Wasau Nagba is chairperson of the Upper Presbytery and read the statement on behalf of the church. “Presbytery observes that there have been few issues bordering peace and security of this country, especially in the first quarter of this year”.
While government hopes to end the current load shedding exercise by Friday, the Presbyterian Church has observed that the power crisis has brought untold hardship to both domestic and industrial users who depend on power for productivity, profit and survival.
On the issue of the ministerial swapping, the presbyterian church commends the move made by president John Mahama saying it is a way of finding solutions to agitations and defusing tensions surrounding the ministerial appointments due ethnocentrism. “Presbytery observes the current controversies surrounding aspects of the SADA initiatives”.
“Presbytery urges all key actors and beneficiaries to be sincere and ensure that this initiative is de-politicized and be allowed to be the pro-poor programe that was meant to lift the Volta, Brong Ahafo, Central and Northern poor farmer from economic misery to some level of economic liberation”.
The statement further commended all Ghanaians for the generally peaceful reaction to the outcome of the 2012 general elections. The Presbyterian Church urges the two main political parties to remain calm while the Supreme Court hears the election 2012 case.
By: Joshua Asaah | A1Radioonline.com | Ghana