Haruna Iddrisu
Haruna Iddrisu

According to local media on Wednesday, the minister asked the various labor unions, particularly, those offering essential services, to establish a strike fund from which their members will be paid when they embark on strikes.

Haruna Iddrisu
Haruna Iddrisu

Haruna, who was addressing the opening ceremony of a two-day seminar organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Organization of Africa Trade Union Unity (OATUU) in Accra Tuesday, said a new policy to that effect had been developed by the government.

“The government is unable to absolve the obligation of paying labor unions that go on extensive strikes. A minimum of 48 to 72 hours should be enough for any striking group,” he said.

The regional seminar, being attended by participants from 21 African countries, is on the theme “Trade Union Unity in Africa: Challenges, Perspectives and Future Prospects”.

Ghana’s labor front has over the past years been hit by extensive strikes, the most recent being that of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), which lasted about three weeks.

In July, this year, the GMA declared a strike to demand coded conditions of service for its members.
The strike, which ended on Aug. 24, virtually ground the health sector to a halt, putting lots of pressure on the 37 military and the police hospitals.

The minister said although strikes formed part of the fundamental rights of workers, prolonging them could spell doom for any developing nation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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