A former Communications Director at the Presidency, Koku Anyidoho, has made a passionate appeal to the leadership of organized labour to suspend their intended strike action on Thursday in order to honour the memory of the late President John Atta Mills.
Organised labour last week announced a one day nationwide strike for July 24, 2014, to press home their demand for better living conditions. However, the date also coincides with the second anniversary of the death of the late Professor, who was the Third President of the Fourth Republic.
Events to mark the anniversary include a memorial service and laying of wreaths at Prof Mills’s grave at the Asomdwe Park, and a lecture by former ECOWAS Executive Secretary and currently the Joint United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) Special Representative to Darfur, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas.
The Organised Labour strike could however take the shine off the anniversary celebration.
Speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Tuesday July 22, 2014 Koku Anyidoho, who says he will ‘forever be grateful to Prof Mills for picking me out of over 25 million people and gave me the opportunity to be who I am today’, called on the leadership of organized labour to ‘step down’ their protest and allow the peaceful celebration of the anniversary.
He appealed particularly to Mr Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress, which is spearheading the demo, to consider his ‘good relationship’ with the late President and suspend the strike, at least for the day.
‘Given the relationship President Mills had with the TUC and especially Comrade Kofi Asamoah, I wish to appeal to the leadership to step down the intended strike on July 24 in order to honour the memory of the late Prof. Just for the sake of the celebration.
‘This is just an appeal to national conscience’, he added.
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