Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, has called for a national dialogue on emerging technologies to effect changes in the way people live and work.
Addressing the 10th Quadrennial Delegates’ Conference of the Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) themed “PSWU @ 60: Promoting Quality Public Service Delivery and National Development - Setting the Agenda for Alternatives,” the minister indicated that technology is the current commodity that Ghana must embrace to survive in future.
Mr Awuah, therefore, called on public and private players in the economy must combine efforts for the holistic development of the national technological infrastructure to improve livelihoods.
“Ghana needs to equip its youth with the requisite skills and knowledge to take advantage of new technologies for enterprise development,” he said.
He added that the country could obtain targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on condition that it provided innovations in the systems, processes, and procedures of work in all sectors.
“We are required to look beyond existing paradigms towards the future and put in place the foundational structures that would bring the vision to fruition,” he stressed.
The Minister commended the Union for rendering quality services to the citizenry in for the past 60 years adding, the introduction of technology in their sector will help them efficiently use the natural resources.
General Secretary of TUC, Dr Yaw Baah, in his speech noted that the gradual technological advancement has made the future uncertain hence workers unions must adopt new approaches in their dealings with social partners.
He said social dialogue and partnerships were now the greatest tools to deal with issues confronting workers and called on the PSWU to build stronger partnerships to help ensure its sustenance in the next 60 years.
Acting General Secretary of PSWU, Bernard Adjei, expressed concern about politicisation in the Public Service and said that could affect productivity and quality service delivery.