The Secretary-General for the Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL), Mr Abraham Koomson, has expressed disappointment in Mr Joseph Osei Owusu, the chairman of Parliament’s Appointment Committee over his recent comment on petitions submitted to the Chamber against some ministerial nominees.
Joe Wise as he is usually called told Joy news in an interview that the petitions submiited to him were merely to settle scores.
“Many of them, trully, are personal scores,” the Bekwai MP told Joy News’ Parker Wilson.
Rubbishing the petitions, Joe Wise who is also the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament ahead of Wednesday’s vetting stated, “So far there is none [of the petitions] that I have read that is alleging wrongdoing on any particular nominee [that] the nominee did ABC or D.”
“Either the implementation of the government policy or an expectation that a particular nominee ought to have done something for him or his group which was not done is the basis of the petition,” he argued.
But the leadership of the GFL who together with the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TGLEU) presented a petition to parliament against former Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremateng and former Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, did not take Osei Owusu’s comment lightly.
“This young man needs to be examined critically for some imbalances,” Mr Koomson said in an interview with Myxyzonline.com.
“What’s the significance of the 1D1F? Was this policy meant to deceive Ghanaians for votes? If under the watch of a sector minister this policy of government could not materialize and rather aggravated the woes of existing industries to the detriment of workers, who should be held accountable?” Koomson said to buttress their petition against the approval of Alan Kyeremateng.
He continued, “A good scholar as he is, he should be able to settle down and objectively study the grievances of workers contained in the petition. But we are surprised that such a responsible position in Parliament would be given to such a person.”
“A worker just reminded me that this is the person who advocated for summary execution of workers who illigally engaged in mining. Again I’m informed he is the same man who justified the fatal shooting of innocent and unarmed civilians during the December elections…There could be something seriously wrong with this young man and the Honorable Speaker of Parliament must take steps to address his challenges,” he added “the impoverished and distressed workers are watching.”
TGLEU of GFL petitioned Parliament not to approve Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen’s nomination as Trades and Industry Minister, citing the survival of their industry will be difficult under Mr Kyerematen because his tenure in the Akufo-Addo government’s first term, among other things, saw a high cost of production.
The labour group also said the Ministry of Trades and Industry (MOTI) failed “to implement measures adopted by critical stakeholders to mitigate the challenges facing the industry to address the deteriorating working conditions of the workers.”
TGLEU also kicked against the renomination of Ignatius Baffour Awuah to continue as Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, saying he “flagrantly overlooked his responsibility under sections 122 and 124 of the labour ACT 2003 ACT 651 and rather supervised the the Chief Labour Officer to embark on an adventure to polarize AICL workers under the guise of conducting referendum/verification to determine whether majority the workers affiliate to the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) to enable the withdrawal of the Collecting Bargaianing Certificate held by TGLEU for ICU.”
Below is their statement;