President John Evans Atta Mills delivering the May Day address
President John Evans Atta Mills yesterday commended workers for their contributions to the development of the nation, assuring them of more improvement in their welfare.
He noted that his administration remained committed towards promoting the welfare of workers, promising that measures are been instituted to advance the course of workers.
Addressing hundreds of workers at the National May Day Parade in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region yesterday, President Mills admitted that although much has been achieved in improving the lot of workers, more remained to the done.
The celebration in Ghana was under the theme, “Election 2012: The role of the worker in securing peaceful and successful elections.”
He thanked organised labour for their immense support and collaboration offered his administration for the past three years, and pledged he will not fail them.
Touching on some concerns raised by the Ghana Trade Unions Congress (TUC) regarding the economy and job creation, President Mills noted that adequate measures have taken enhance the creation of more jobs.
Among other things, he said, the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure, which had resulted in increasing the government’s wage bill from GH¢2.4billion to GHc5.8billion, was indicative of government’s commitment to promote the welfare of workers.
The President also thanked the leadership of the TUC for the maturity exhibited in addressing labour issues over the years, and assured the it of the necessary support.
On the impending elections, President Mills said he was mindful of his responsibility to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections, assuring that the laws would be enforced to the latter to ensure peace.
Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of TUC, in his address, reaffirmed the commitment of organised labour to promote the welfare of workers, irrespective of their political, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Additionally, he declared that TUC would resist all attempts by an group to subvert the current democratic dispensation.
“We are prepared to play our part in promoting our democracy in the best of our abilities,” he said, and urged Ghanaian workers to promote peace and tranquility in the country in the run-up to the December polls.
Mr. Asamoah also encouraged Ghanaians to be tolerant and live peacefully, devoid of the use of vulgar language that could eventually incite unwarranted passion.
Touching on the economy, the TUC boss urged the government to pursue more initiatives for increased job creation, and for the stability of the economy to translate into improved welfare of workers.
“The government has the responsibility to intervene in job creation on a mass scale, otherwise the unemployment situation will lead to great danger and undermine the democratic dispensation of the country,” he stressed.