Young unionists protest against MPS deal

Isaac Newton Tetteh GNA

Tema, Aug. 14, GNA –
Hundreds of young members of  20 workers’
unions of the Ghana Trade Union Congress (TUC) 
have embarked on a street protest against  the Meridian Ports Service (MPs) deal with
the Government of Ghana.

The union members
marched through some of the principal streets of Tema to reject the deal they
describe as the killer of Ghana’s future.

In an interview with
the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Kofi Anaafi, Assistant Oganizer, Maritime and Dock
Workers Union of TUC, said government must consider reviewing the MPs deal to
save Ghana’s future.

He explained that,
the deal was rather making the unemployment situation in the country worse
saying that most companies at the port of Tema were folding up as a result.

Mr Anaafi further
stated that,the exclusivity clause in the 
MPs concession deal  was
affecting  Ghanaian owned  Maritime Industries at  the Tema port.

According to him,
all businesses with the container vessels where given to MPs to manage.

“We need 50
percent share of the deal as Ghanaians,” he stressed.

He noted that the
Workers’ Unions and the entire working force would not hesitate to hit the
street with a mega demonstration should negotiations failed to favour local
Maritime Industries.

In an other
development, Ms Abena Afriyie, Desk Officer, National Youth Council stated
that, in line with the theme for the 2019 Nation Youth day celebration,
“Transforming Education,” govenrnment must strengthen the educational
system to make it capable of producing the right human resource for the future.

She  noted that government must not encourage the
chatter system in our educational set up.

According to her,
the chatter system meant that government would hand over sections of our
educational system to be managed by some private organisation, a situation she
claimed would spell doom for the country.

Ms Afriyie said
private companies would always want to maximize profit hence they would be
forced to cut down employment which she said would affect the Ghanaian in the
long run.


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