Kufuor’s gov’t failed to deal with labour issues

General News of Friday, 19 April 2013

Source: Peace FM

Samuel George Nartey

Samuel George, a member of the communication team of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the erstwhile Kufuor government failed to address labour agitations that characterised his administration.

According to him, should people insist that President John Mahama has failed to address the labour unrest in the country, then former Mr Kufuor did virtually nothing to resolve the agitations that arose from the various labour unions in the country during his regime.

He explained that during President Kufuor’s era, it took him eight months to resolve the agitations but “under John Mahama, it took him 10 days to get the teachers back into the classrooms. That is the mark of a leader. That is the mark of the kind of President Ghana needs.”

Speaking in an interview with Peace FM, Samuel George extolled the current administration for adopting a rapid approach to resolve the labour conflicts in the country.

Making reference to the industrial actions embarked on by some public sector unions, particularly the Ghana Medical Association and teachers across the country, he asserted that President Mahama intervening in the conflict has created a culture of trust.

He described as “shallow” the understanding of President John Mahama’s governance by his critics because they seem not to have a clear picture of the circumstances that necessitated the labour unrests.

“Those who read the situation in this country and read it as negative for President Mahama have a very, very shallow understanding of governance. The problems we are faced as a country on the labour front did not originate on the 7th of January. “Many of them are two years old. Some of them are four years old. Some of them even transcend 4 years. And so, these are not issues generated or came into being on the 7th of January. His Excellency inherited this agitation.”

To him, the president’s involvement has enhanced the trust that the labour unions reposed in the government.