The Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Kofi Asamoah has said it is illegal for any employer to prevent their employees from forming unions to fight together for better conditions of service.
He noted that the provisions of “Freedom of Association” in the 1992 Constitution, mandates all employers to allow their workers to unionize if they choose to, and seek their common interest.
The TUC Boss was speaking Wednesday on Adom FM/Asempa FM’s “Burning Issues” program.
Mr. Asamoah said employees have the freedom and right to form associations to fight for their own good, adding that employers must refrain from restraining their employees from unionizing.
The TUC boss said the TUC had handled several cases of how companies in Ghana, including media houses, have prevented workers from forming unions, and persons who tried to form unions were ousted from the company.
Kofi Asamoah also touched in the rate at which factories are closing down and giving out their warehouses to churches, saying that the economy has been run down so much that “the industries established by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah have turned into churches.”
He pointed to industries in Tema and Accra Industrial areas in particular, which have now become church buildings, saying that the situation poses a threat to Ghana’s economic growth.
Kofi Asamoah blamed the collapse of industries on a 30-year-old economy policy which had not been re-engineered to meet present day needs and challenges.
He said subsequent governments have not showed the political will to eliminate unemployment and therefore allowed the industries to collapse without any effort to rescue them.
The TUC Boss noted that present day politicians do not seem to have concrete plans for reducing unemployment and at such, they are not creating jobs, and they are also not supporting the private sector to grow and create jobs.
Mr. Asamoah has therefore urged the government to adopt innovative measures to support the private sector to create jobs and reduce unemployment.