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GHANA TUC IN ANOTHER QUADRENNIAL
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The just ended Congress was special for many reasons, one being that the theme “Organising for Empowerment, Employment Security and Increased Productivity,” touched on a fundamental pillar of trade unionism. It was also special since for the first time in the history of the Ghana TUC, the main Congress was preceded by Youth and Women Congresses.
To cap it all, this 9th Quadrennial Congress with many specials also for the first time in its history, elected a woman, Georgina Opoku Amankwa as the Chairperson. This is unprecedented since the organization has come a long way from its old motto “United Brotherhood of Workers by Hand and by Brain all over Ghana,” appropriately changed to “United Family of Workers by Hand and by Brain all over Ghana”Both the maiden Women and Youth Congresses went through the rigours of reviewing Ghana TUC’s existing policies on Women and Youth as well as Constitutional provisions covering them. They also elected their National Leaders for the next Quadrennial.
The women retained their national leaders with Chairperson, Christie Karl Oparebea; Vice-
The Youth Congress had the theme “Organising Young Workers for Empowerment, Employment Security and Increased Productivity” and the theme for the Women’s Congress was “Organising Women for Empowerment, Employment Security and Increased Productivity.”
Work by the various Commissions of Congress started much earlier having received inputs on policy review or changes from the National Unions and other TUC’s structures. The policy areas covered Organising, Solidarity and Mergers; Gender Equality and Youth as well as Informal Economy and Child Labour. Others were Social Labour Relations, Social Dialogue and Social Protection among others.
That advance preparation was done for the main business of Congress. After the official opening, Congress Committees on Credentials, Standing Orders, Resolutions, Constitution and Elections took over for the main business.
The main congress climaxed with the election of officers for the next quadrennial. The 1st Vice Chairperson, Brother Stephen Nyame Yeboah; 2nd Vice Chairperson, Naomi Deede Otoo; Secretary General, Kofi Asamoah and Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Yaw A. Baah were all retained, whilst Georgina Opoku Amankwa was elected unopposed as the first woman to occupy the Chair of the TUC. The office of the 1st Vice Chair saw a contest by Antwi Boasiako of UNICOF who lost to the incumbent.
Addressing Congress in session, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur, made the august gathering aware that he was reading the prepared speech of former President, John Evans Atta Mills in whose stead he was attending. He then asked that a minutes’ silence be held for the departed soul of President J. E. A. Mills.
He announced the establishment of a Labour Market Information System that will assist in the collection of credible Labour Statistics and the construction of a modern state-
The Secretary General of the Ghana TUC, Kofi Asamoah enumerated the many challenges that working people and Ghanaians continue to face inspite of the many promises by Politicians to have them resolved. He urged the current government to expedite action on the many promises made on election platforms to give respite to the working people and indeed all Ghanaians.
The many fraternal messages included those from the Congress of South Africa Trade Union (COSATU); Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland, SASK.; Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Rosa Luxemberg Foundation of Germany. Others were the Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL); Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the Ghana Employers Association among many others.