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01.05.2004 Regional News

Ten workers in C/R honoured for their dedication to duty

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Cape Coast, May 1, GNA - Ten workers in the Central Region, including one female, belonging to the various worker's unions, were on Saturday honoured for their dedication to duty and for promoting workers' rights, at the region's celebration of May Day, at Cape Coast. Each of them, received a badge of honour, a ghetto blaster and a certificate, while the Cape Coast district Council of labour, was adjudged the best worker's council in the region.

The day, is being celebrated under the theme: " social protection and economic development- the role of organised labour.

In an address, the Cape Coast Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Muniru Arafat Nuhu, who stood in for the Regional Minister, reiterated that the government "recognises and cherishes" the contribution of workers to the socio-economic development of the nation, and regards workers as partners in development.

He in this regard, urged workers not to see themselves as opponents of the government, but always strive to complement its efforts at ensuring that Ghanaians enjoyed high standards of living.

On the intended sale of low cost houses to sitting tenants, who are mostly workers, the MS, called on the leadership of the trades union congress(TUC) to endeavour to strike a compromise with the government on the issue of sale of houses to workers, to suit both parties.

He said there is the need for the TUC to fashion out a workable housing programme that is in conformity with the government's housing policy to ensure that Ghanaian workers own houses before their retirement.

Mrs Dorcas Amuquandoh, the Regional Secretary of TUC, read the TUC Gecretary-General's at the function.

Mr Wallace Kwaw, the Regional Chairman of TUC, who chaired the function, called on workers to work hard in justification of their demand for higher wages and salaries, and on the government to create more jobs to stem the level of unemployment in the country.

The workers, led by Mr. Nuhu, had earlier undertaken a two-hour clean up exercise at the Cape Coast district hospital where they cleared weeds and desilted choked drains.