Secretary General of TUC, Ghana,
Brothers and Sisters of the National Executive Council,
Distinguished Invited Guest,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the leadership and management committee I welcome you all to the 2nd part of the year’s National Executive Committee meeting and per the constitution of the Ghana Mineworkers union we meet twice in a year to take stock of activities of performance and we strategize the way forward. Brother GS never in the history of working people have jobs become so insecure as the current dispensation and factors accounting to this unfortunate situation is known to all of us. To say the least, corporate greed and quest for hyper profit mind set without recourse to those of us who toil and sweat to create the wealth is what we see in the industry. Again for the sake of “foreign direct investment”, most labour legislations
and regulations have been crafted or altered to meet their greed. Currently, employers have adopted all manner of precarious employment contract arrangement such as short term fixed contract, temporal and causal employment to the detriment of the working class Now there is a growing trend where permanent workers are declared redundant only to be reengaged as short term fixed contract or causal workers by the same employers. What is even making the situation worse are high rate of outsourcing, dwindling public sector employees, high rate of unemployment and growing informal sector of the labour market Another issue that is wealthy of consideration is the uneven remuneration landscape in the industry. The Ghana Mineworkers Union is focused on addressing this glaring and unaccepted level of income inequality. This situation if not well addressed could challenge the peace this industry had enjoyed for the past years. The way forward is adopt a Global compensation which seeks to maximize welfare and minimize recurrent cost to the industry.
Brothers and sisters to stay relevant among these challenging periods we must innovate new grounds for our Union to continue to be attractive. We cannot continue to depend on our traditional Collective Agreement for our survival. Instead we must align our thinking to Union renewal strategies. We must also extend and intensify our organizational skills to cover all outsourced short term fixed contract and causal workers into our fold. No one can do it for us, we must do it ourselves.
I cannot conclude my speech without talking about what is before the nation a week today. A week today Ghanaians will go to the polls to elect their parliamentarians and the president of the nation. My appeal to all is to eschew vandalism that will undermine the peace and stability of the country. Elections is not a do or die affair, we must see ourselves us Ghanaians before any political affiliation. One thing all of us must know is that in the countries where there have been civil wars, the mining industry has been the first point of annexation to fund their operations. So it up to us to work together to maintain peace before, during and after the elections. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance.
LONG LIVE GHANA MINEWORKERS' UNION!
LONG LIVE TRADES UNION CONGRESS (GHANA)!
LONG LIVE GHANA!!