The Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TGLEU) of the Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL) has petitioned Parliament not to approve the reappointment of Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen and Ignatius Baffour Awuah as ministers designate for Trades and Industry and Employment and Labour Relations respectively.
The former ministers who served in President Akufo-Addo’s first term were renominated last month to occuppy their former offices but that has been met with a fierce opposition from industry players who believe the two appointees did not work in the interest of workers.
In a petition to the Apointments Committee of Parliament ahead of the commencement of vetting on Thursday, TGLEU said the survival of their industry will be difficult under Mr Kyerematen because his tenure, among other things, saw a high cost of production and “failure of the Ministry of Trades and Industry (MOTI) to implement measures adopted by critical stakeholders to mitigate the challenges facing the industry to address the deteriorating working conditions of the workers.”
For Mr Baffour Awuah, the workers union said 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 the statement;