The Public Services Workers’ Union (PSWU) has threatened to join its comrades in the pre-tertiary education sector, who have been on strike since last week to demand a 20 percent cost of living allowance.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has entreated Ghanaians to commit to sacrificing to ensure government is able to steer Ghana through its current economic hardship.
But, Dominic Anarigide, the Unit Leader for Public Services Workers Union (PSWU), Upper East region thinks otherwise. He said, “if the government is interested in solving this problem they’ll find the money to be able to deal with it.”
According to him, the government can cut some of the things it is spending money on that is not so important as far as the current economic condition is concerned and then take care of the workers.
He said a call was made to the government on May Day by the TUC to cushion workers with some cost of living allowance because of the high cost of goods and services but the government failed to listen to the plea.
“So we feel that we’ve been taken for granted, we have sacrificed enough and if it continues it’ll get to a stage where the Ghanaian worker cannot travel to the workplace to help in the productivity of this country. That is why we have threatened this strike on 19th (July).”
The PSWU Unit Leader admitted that the current economy is not in the best of shape but was quick to add that government must prioritize.
“I know that the Ghanaian economy is currently not in the best of shape, but we also need to prioritize. When things are bad, you also begin to look at the most important things. So your labour cannot be joked with because without your labour, this country cannot move on.”
Mr Anarigide says the human resource is the engine upon which every economy revolves.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana