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17.04.2009 General News

Union leaders urged to help deepen democracy

By gna

Mr. Kofi Asamoah, Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), on Friday urged trade union leaders to help deepen democracy in the country.

He said the TUC believed in the practice and they should participate in politics to enable them to fulfil promises they made to workers.

Mr. Asamoah, who was speaking at a meeting of members of the Western Region Council of Labour, in Takoradi, urged union leaders to seek the welfare of workers.

He urged union leaders to ensure that government policies and decisions were not inimical to workers.

Mr. Asamoah said union leaders and workers have a responsibility to hold politicians and public office holders accountable.

He charged union leaders to collectively work to sustain the TUC for the benefit of workers and encourage senior officers and middle level personnel to join the union.

Mr. Asamoah International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention enjoins government to deal the TUC because it was the largest trades union with the largest representation in the country.

He announced that this year's May Day would be celebrated under the theme “Improved Standard of Living through Decent Work-Pre-Requisite for Democratic Governance”.

Mr. Asamoah said the creation of jobs for the youth and to reduce poverty and sustain the country's democracy were challenges facing the country.

He also said good jobs would ensure that workers retired with adequate pension and make them to access medical care.

GNA

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