Lifting of lockdown was a step in the Right Direction – TUC Secretary-General
Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress, Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah
Lifting of the three-week partial lockdown of Accra, Kumasi, Tema, and Kasoa was a right decision taken by the president, that’s according to the Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress, Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah.
He made this known on Monday, 20th April 2020, at the Jubilee House when the president had invited some stakeholders to have discussions on measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
“Yesterday, you eased some of these restrictions and emphasized that some of these restrictions must be complied with strictly. We think it is the right thing to do, given the dire economic consequences of prolonged restriction. The excellent leadership you have provided us to save us from the horrible situation we are witnessing in other countries, particularly Europe and the US. The restrictions on movement have yielded some positive results, and we are all witnesses to this,” he said.
Dr. Yaw Baah told the President that “businesses are collapsing in almost all the sectors of the economy, many people have already lost their jobs, and many more would have lost their jobs without the easing of these restrictions.”
He also commended the president for his numerous measures put in place to fight the virus and called on Ghanaians to observe the safety protocols to protect them from the deadly virus.
The TUC Boss used the opportunity to thank all health workers, the security personnel, utility workers, the media and all other workers, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Information for providing all the essential services to the people of Ghana during this crisis.
“You risk your lives every day to protect the rest of us. You have made us very proud as workers’ leaders and so we pray that God blesses you abundantly. Mr.President that is why we appreciate the incentive package that you have put together for health workers. These workers deserve the package. The tax reliefs, the 50% salary increase, will provide the incentive for them to work even more diligently as we continue this fight against the virus,” he added.
Cancellation of May Day Celebrations
The Secretary-General revealed further that, with May Day some eleven (11) days away, “we have decided to cancel all the national and regional parades that have become the main feature of May Day celebrations in our country in compliance with the ban on public gatherings but all is not lost.”
However, the Director-General of GBC, Professor Amin Alhassan, has assured the TUC of a live television programme “to enable us to reach out to workers with a very strong message on the need for each and every worker to protect himself or herself and their families from this virus. We would like to invite you to join us to reach out to the working people of Ghana with a message of solidarity and encouragement in these difficult times.”
TUC assures of contribution to reviving the economy
Dr. Yaw Baah reassured President Akufo-Addo that “the working people of Ghana, will continue to play a role in the effort to restore growth to our economy so that businesses will flourish once again and workers can keep their jobs and those who don’t have jobs now also have jobs. Finally, they should be able to defeat not only the coronavirus but also poverty.”