We can’t negotiate better pay in times of war – TUC

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has charged Ghanaian workers to help promote peace as the clock winds down to the November 2016 general elections.

According to the Secretary-General of TUC, Kofi Asamoah, if there is war in the country the workers “will not have anyone to negotiate for an increase in pay”.

The TUC boss was speaking at a stakeholder forum to discuss the contribution of organized labor to ensuring a peaceful election.

Mr. Asamoah says everything workers have worked hard for stands to be lost when there is a war. “You will have to leave all your acquired properties to find somewhere to hide”, he said.

He also used the opportunity to call on the Electoral Commission to ensure that its activities are transparent to the political parties.

There is an urgent need for the EC to lessen the tense political atmosphere in the country by being transparent in its activities, he said. He used the opportunity to reiterate organized labor’s commitment to the tenets of democracy.

“We reaffirm our unflinching commitment to democracy”, he said.

The election is often associated with political instability, especially in the West African sub-region.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Professor Kwame Karikari has criticized the EC for introducing a new logo for the commission, which he indicated, has no bearing on the nation.

Contrasting the two logos, Professor Karikari says the absence of Ghana’s coat of arms on the new logo will make it difficult for Ghanaians to connect to the Commission’s function.

‘What the EC has designed [logo] does not represent what it is mandated to do by the 1992 Constitution’, he said.

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