TUC leadership have failed Ghanaian workers – Norbert Gborgbortsi

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The current leadership of the Trades Union Congress and by extension, other union leaders, have been accused of working against the interest of the suffering Ghanaian workers.

According to Norbert Gborgbortsi, Convener of Aggressive Public Sector Workers, a breakaway group from Organized labor, the government has been emboldened to act with impunity because labor, a key component of good governance has treated critical issues with ‘kid gloves.

 His reaction follows the decision to suspend the planned nationwide protest against the imposition of 15% VAT on electricity and the economic mess Ghana has been plunged into as a result of an ‘elephant-sized’ government, on a spending spree at the pleasure of a government, passing the bill to businesses and the average Ghanaian through the imposition of taxes.

Gborgbortsi who was speaking to Kwame Minkah on Power FM’s morning Show, ‘Dwaboase’, could not hide his disappointment when, TUC Secretary General, Dr Yaw Baah, who together with other union leaders, had vowed to send a strong signal to the government, first extended the deadline of a request to the government to buy space and later call off the February 13, 2024, protest.

“The TUC has engaged in many decisions that didn’t favor its members. Before the TUC takes any decision, they consult Labour Union leadership. When it came to the demand for suspension of VAT on electricity, there were consultations with the labor unions, “so what at all have TUC leaders seen that we haven’t”. Gborgbortsi questioned.

His comments sync with critical views on social media which suspect the leadership of the TUC which drives organized labor is in bed with the government.
Gborbortsi continued … “The leadership of TUC is failing to tell the truth and also how to fight for good things for workers radically and this is now at the lowest ebb. It looks as if the current TUC leaders have hands in the current administration, which makes it difficult for them to make certain radical decisions that will favor its members.

Gborgbortsi noted with concern, that following the disappointment, it will be very difficult for the TUC and by extension, Organized labor in the future, to call on people to demonstrate.

He feared, the development was further weakening the labor front and more breakaways may soon follow.

He said the Aggressive Public Sector Workers union, which fell off with the TUC, may soon be compelled to bus its members to the TUC headquarters to demonstrate against the leadership for taking workers, whose contributions oil the TUC operations, for granted.

Norbert Gborgbortsi re-affirmed the resolve of the Aggressive Public Sector Workers to keep piling pressure on the government to act responsibly.

Source: myxyzonline.com

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