Wage disparity inimical to business – Asamoah
Mr Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), said wage disparity in mining companies does not promote industrial harmony.
He said mining employers should pay their workers well and bridge the gap between Ghanaian experts and expatriates, who work in the mining sector in Ghana to promote industrial growth.
Mr Asamoah said this at the opening of a two-day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Ghana Mine Workers Union at Tarkwa last Thursday.
“A better way to motivate workers to give-off their best is to pay them well….
He said increases in capital and technology were major challenges that confront labour.
Mr Asamoah said the apathy by some workers towards the GTUC and its activities needed to be seriously tackled through education and training.
“The GTUC is not for the classless people in the organization but for all workers and both top and middle level managers must join a union to fight for their rights and interests,” he stressed.
He appealed to workers and the local leadership of the GTUC in the various affiliate unions to take advantage of training opportunities organized for them.
Mr Asamoah urged leadership of the various unions to promote internal democracy in their various organizations to motivate others to join the union.
Mr Prince William Ankrah, the National Secretary of the Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU) said government’s intension of constructing several housing units for Ghanaians was laudable.
He, however, suggested that government should resource the State Housing Corporation (SHC) to partner foreign firms to implement the housing project.
He said the SHC was the mandated state institution providing affordable residential housing facilities for many Ghanaians and a proper resourcing of the company could make it active and vibrant.
“The SHC has the competence and the personnel and any support will boost their moral, reduce the housing deficit and also create employment opportunities for several Ghanaians he added.