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    TUC ready to support any labour agitations – Deputy Secretary General

    The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has expressed frustration over the current economic conditions, thus will support any agitations by the Health Services Workers Union (HSWU) and other unions who embark on industrial action for government to deal with the situation.

    Deputy Secretary General of TUC, Joshua Ansah, said the current economic conditions have impacted negatively on the conditions of service of workers and government must act now.

    “Comrades how can you smile when conditions are not good? ‘Yabre’ we will not continue to be in this forever, we want to see a change because workers united cannot be defeated,” he said.

    Mr Ansah said this at the 13th Quadrennial Conference of the Health Services Workers Union at Gomoa in the central region.

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    He assured of the TUC’s support for the HSWU on any agitations

    “For us the TUC fraternity, we say and want to assure you that you have our support when you want to do any action, we support you to do what unions do,” Mr Ansah noted.

    At the same ceremony, the General Secretary of the HSWU, Franklin Owusu asked government to be swift to convene a meeting to negotiate their conditions to improve their lot or risk disturbances in the health sector.

    “Because we have low salaries, we also have inadequate social security, we want our members to take advantage of the social security of the Union.

    “To the government I have already said it, the delays in negotiating on the submitted items, we don’t want to wait until ‘had I known’ happens and to the government you will see what will happen if it fails to negotiate with us,” he said.

    Already other public sector institutions such as TEWU, Senior Staff Associations at the universities have raised concerns about delay to conclude negotiations on conditions of service.

    The 13th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Health Services Workers Union is to solicit views of members on how to strategize in these current economic conditions.


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