While the world marked International Workers’ Day on May 1, Ghana’s organized labour flooded some streets in Accra to protest against inferior conditions of service.
Organized labour in Ghana took to the streets on Wednesday May 1, 2019, to express disapproval against poor conditions of service.
A common theme that featured on placards during the protests was the inadequate pension benefit which was also in line with the theme for this year’s May Day Celebration, “Sustainable Pensions for All: The Role of Social Partners”.
The protesters converged at the Black Star Square on May 1, 2019, to compel government to address their inferior working conditions.
“The negotiation that we started in 2018 is finalized after this May Day because workers can no longer contain the salaries that are being paid. The highest paid worker of Ghana Railway Company is GHC 2,300 and this is horrible’’, a protester disclosed in an interview.
“You can imagine what the ordinary workers are receiving as pensions. We cannot continue to receive these salaries so we are calling on management to review these salaries’’, he added.
Another said “workers are saying that over the years when a Ghanaian worker retires, in about five years, they are going to die because the pension they get is nothing to write home about.”
May Day, officially known as International Workers Day, is observed on May 1 and is a commemoration of labour and the working classes.
May 1 was chosen as the day for workers by leading socialists in the late 1800s to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in Chicago, which first happened on May 1, 1886.
Workers usually organise processions in the regional capitals nationwide where they are addressed by leaders of the various labour unions.
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