Wa, May 1, GNA- Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, has commended the leadership of organised labour and workers for exercising restraint in dealing with labour issues.

He said: “Even though there have been occasions when certain strike actions in particular have raised serious concerns, we are generally satisfied with the conduct of workers in the country.”

Alhaji Sulemana was addressing a parade of workers to mark this year’s May Day celebration in Wa on Tuesday, which saw 18 hardworking workers in the region honoured.

He said the leadership of organised labour should focus more on dialogue and negotiation rather than adopting strike or other violent means, in the event of misunderstandings on labour issues.

Alhaji Sulemana asked workers to draw linkages between enhanced salaries and increased productivity, and said “your side of the bargain must be fulfilled – higher productivity will rake in more money for higher salaries.”

He said workers were the backbone of the country, and Government would continue to appreciate their efforts towards national developed.

Alhaji Sulemana said: “Indeed most of you workers continue to render invaluable services sometimes at very high risk, which is what has provided the needed growth of this economy and sustained development in all sectors over the years.

“I would urge you to continue to work hard so that we can together enhance the growth and development of the country and bring about improvement in the lives of the people.”

Alhaji Sulemana noted that workers agitations had always centred on securing a living wage and better conditions of service, and gave the assurance that government would remain committed to achieving the “Better Ghana” agenda.

He said Government had already demonstrated her commitment to the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) to enhance the salaries of workers.

Alhaji Sulemana said the implementation of the SSSS has resulted in an increase of government wage bill from 2 billion Ghana Cedis to almost 5 billion Ghana Cedis.

Alhaji Sulemana has called on Government, political parties, civil society organizations, traditional rulers, religious organisations and workers, to collectively ensure violent-free elections.

He also called on the media not to allow their platforms to be used to perpetuate hatred, division ethnocentrism, political or religious tensions.

“I would even propose that hosts of programmes take off persons who make dangerous pronouncements on their programmes to serve as deterrent to others.”

Alhaji Sulemana advised political parties to abide by their code of conduct to give meaning to the document.

Alhaji Duogu Yakubu, Wa Municipal Chief Executive, appealed to organised labour to ensure that their members desisted from any act that would compromise Election 2012.

He said: “Ghana is the only country that we have and we should not do anything that will create insecurity for our own people.”

GNA

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