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Regional Minister urges for dialogue in resolving labour concerns


The Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Stephen Yakubu has urged labour unions to adopt dialogue as opposed to strike and other violent means of addressing labour concerns.


He made the remarks on the occasion of the Upper West Regional edition of this year’s May Day celebration held at the Jubilee Park in Wa.


He said workers must endeavour to draw the linkages between enhanced salary and increased productivity as he said high productivity means high income. He noted that the Akufo-Addo-led government was committed to improving the conditions of Ghanaian workers. 


“I also want to commend the leadership of Organised Labour and the entire working class for the restraints you have exercised in dealing with some of the labour issues,” he added.


The Upper West Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Godwin Gariba, lamented the poor conditions of service of Ghanaians.


“In spite of the existence of relatively strong institutions, the legal framework for industrial relations, many Ghanaian workers still suffer wrongful termination and dismissal.


“Wages are so low that you wonder the employers who pay such wages feel when their employees earn such low wages.”


He added that due to the low wages, many retired workers receive monthly pensions that cannot take care of their very necessities of life. 


On his part, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive, Alhaji Issahaku Tahiru Moomin called for the creation of a conducive working environment to attract investments, promote entrepreneurship and advance social justice.

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