The Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union (ICU) Ghana, has encouraged the government to be pragmatic in initiating measures that would further help reduce prices of fuel in 2023 to lower the cost of transporting goods and services across Ghana.
The General Secretary of ICU, Morgan Ayawine who announced this as part of a New Year message to Workers said it was equally important for government to institute measures in to ensure the stabilisation of the Ghana cedi against major trading currencies.
This, he indicated, would not only reduce the high cost of living in Ghana, but would also motivate workers to remain dedicated to their core responsibilities of supporting accelerated growth of Ghana.
Stabilise the cedi
"Government should sustain the measures initiated to ensure the stabilisation of the cedi against other major trading currencies to aid doing business in Ghana, and to reduce prices of goods and services to ameliorate the economic hardship imposed on Ghanaians," Mr Ayawine noted.
Mr Ayawine said since government is the single largest employer in Ghana, it is important for it to devise measures that would ensure fair distribution of the national cake for a reciprocal gesture of workers to increase productivity and revenue generation.
"We call on government, the single largest employer and other employers to ensure equitable distribution of the national cake for a reciprocal gesture of workers and increase in productivity," he stressed.
He, however, implored workers to remain committed and dedicated to their core responsibilities to make 2023 a memorable year.
Prospects in 2023
"The year 2023 has the prospect of being successful and we as workers and nation builders must play our roles with zeal and dedication to make it successful," he advised.
Stressing, Mr Ayawine said having rested a bit during the Christmas season it is important for workers to resume work in 2023 with renewed vigour that would enable their respective employers achieve their organisational goals in line with ICU's longstanding maxim.
"We cannot discount or gloss over the myriad of economic challenges that engulfed us as workers in the year just gone by; nonetheless, we should not let that discourage us, but rather we should use it as a stepping stone to make a strong comeback to face and overcome those challenges and make this year economically viable in our individual, corporate and social and national lives,” Mr Ayawine implored
Mr Ayawine was of the view that it was only when workers remained zealous in their operations that they could be counted among selfless and patriotic nation builders.
"it is truism that, hard work breaks no bone, so let us as workers continue to work harder for the achievement of organisational and national goals for the full recovery of the national economy," he advised.