Mr. Abraham Koomson, General Secretary of the Ghana Federation of Labor, tasked unions with setting standards to help eliminate abuse of their members in the work environment.
According to him, the abuse of workers and the nonchalant behavior of some employers towards the well-being of their workers was due to the lack of quality standards of unions and leaders towards their members.
Mr Koomson said during the 2022 economic policy and budget analyzes presented to parliament by the finance minister on the boardroom dialogue platform of the regional office of Ghanaian news agency Tema .
The Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue is a media think tank platform for state and non-state and commercial and commercial operators to communicate with the world.
Mr Koomson said that “in the world of work you could be used as a sleeper if you don’t raise your level of functioning, hence the need for unions to be in the lead in promoting the welfare of the workers. their members.
“If they know you’re not serious, they’ll use you. If you buy yourself cheap, that’s your own problem. So basically everything depends on their leaders, they must ensure that the well-being of their members is paramount and no employer will play with that ”.
Mr Koomson, also a trade unionist, cited an example of how his office used Section Nine of the Labor Act to respond to a Comptroller General’s policy of only using Ghana’s card to pay workers. workers.
He added that this was an act that must be emulated by other unions and organizations to project the welfare of its members at all times; “Workers had to market themselves to catch up with the corporate world.”
Mr. Francis Ameeibor, Regional Director of GNA Tema, explained that the Industrial News Hub boardroom dialogue platform was part of a larger agency goal to reorganize its operations.
He said that under the leadership of Mr. Albert Kofi Owusu, the agency had embarked on a process of reorganizing its information-gathering operations, which included; recruitment, training of reporters and editors in the production of digital news content and acquisition of modern digital equipment to facilitate the rapid transmission of stories from the field.
He said that GNA was poised to be the source of information on Ghana’s investment and industrialization dynamics, its economic and tourism potential through exchanging stories with its international partners, and Tema serving large industrial city, “GNA Tema Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue Platform”, was critical.
“As an industry news hub, GNA-Tema has created a platform for use by industry players, enabling other stakeholders to proactively reach out while serving as a ground for addressing national issues. “.
Mr Ameeibor said that as the kingdom’s fourth estate, it was necessary for the GNA to contact the government and those in positions of authority with the issues while bringing understanding of government policy to the people.