Some stakeholders on labour and employment issues are warning that the plight of Ghanaian workers would worsen if the different worker’s unions in the country do not merge to strengthen their ability to negotiate.
Currently, the Trades Union Congress which is the main umbrella organization for trade union activities in Ghana has about 21 affiliate unions.
One of the main reasons for the call for mergers is the increasing change in the status of Ghanaian workers in the private sector from permanent staff to contract or casual workers.
The TUC has in recent times warned that such moves infringe on the country’s labour laws, hence must be stopped.
Speaking on the informalisation of work in Ghana at a forum on Mergers in Trade Unions organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the TUC, Associate Professor at the Department of Labour and Human Resource Studies Akua Britwum, called on Trade Unions to band together to bring an immediate end to the phenomena.
“What has been achieved with regards to improvement in work has been because of the work of organized labour. Unfortunately, there’s a push for informal forms of work like casual work, and now the designation of workers as contractors. This is a push towards informalisation.”