As Labour Unions in the country continue to engage in a ‘fight’ with government over the management of their Tier Two Pension Scheme, chairman and leader of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Herbert Lartey is asking the employer to dismiss the workers if they refuse to negotiate.
According to the 2012 presidential candidate of the GCPP, the labour unions are taking Ghanaians for granted by always using strikes as a means to press home their demands.
Dr. Lartey describes the strike as “wicked” and unprofessional, because it is leaving the average Ghanaian market woman, shoe maker, farmer, and student stranded. He says this is certainly not a good moment for parents who have wards in public basic schools and patients in public hospitals.
The controversy over exactly how much has been lodged in the account and who should manage the Tier 2 pension fund forced workers to call a strike that was called off on Tuesday.
Dr. Lartey in an interview with this reporter admits it is certainly not a good moment for parents who have wards in public basic schools after struggling tooth and nail to pay school fees, and watching their children idle about.
Dr. Lartey asserted that these unions are gradually making Ghana ungovernable, by showing gross disrespect to the ordinary Ghanaian and the international community which supports the nation’s economy.
“If you think you are no longer interested in your job, stop and come and join politics since you guys believe that this is where money is and they are been paid better than you. The politician only enjoys four years in power and the little ex-gratia he takes home has turned to subject of discussion for labour unions comparing themselves with politician’s. What an unprofessional behavior,” he said.
The GCPP Chairman believes government is treating these labour unions with kid’s gloves instead of descending hard on them.
He was however quick to support Ghanaian workers with MODEC who operate on FPSO Kwame Nkrumah at the Jubilee Oilfield in the Western Region for expressing their dissatisfaction with the discrepancy between their salaries and that of expatriate staff.
According to Dr. Lartey, their demonstration was a step in the right direction instead of going on strike. He says they demonstrated professionalism and faithfulness to save their country unlike the labour unions.