Sekondi, June 5, GNA - Thomas Tawiah, Deputy Western Regional Director in charge of Administration and Support Services at the Ghana Health Services has stressed the need for members of the Health Services Workers’ Union (HSWU) of Trade Union Congress (TUC) to unite.
This, he said would enable them to fight for their rights at their respective work places.
He asserted that the rights of some workers at health facilities in the country were being abused and pointed out that it seemed the HSWU was doing nothing to seek better conditions of service for their members.
“I don’t see your impact as a Union, because some health workers are being denied their basic rights, leading to serious violations but as a Union, you are like a pressure group that need to fight for the rights of its members”, he indicated.
The Deputy Regional Director of Health Services disclosed this at the opening of a two-day basic trade union education training workshop for a section of the members of the HSWU at Sekondi in the Western Region.
He continued “It is when the HSWU starts to fight for the rights of its members that the management of the health facilities will be careful in dealing with health workers”.
The workshop was to help strengthen the capacity of the members with basic leadership skills as well as to sensitise the members on Trade Union administration among others and participants were drawn from branches from the southern part of the HSWU in the Western Region.
They were taken through benefits of joining trade union; HSWU structures and functions; Trade Union Finance and Administration; Meeting terms and Concepts, and introduction to labour Act among others.
He commended the Health Services Workers Union for initiating such a training workshop to equip its members’ skills and to enhance the capacity of union members and explained that the programme was in line with contemporary trade unionism and therefore charged participants to take the training workshop seriously.
Madam Joy Bandzie Asmah, second National Vice chairperson of the HSWU charged participants to endeavour to relay the skills that they would acquire from the workshop to the rest of the members at the areas they were each coming from.
She said the HSWU had the largest membership as far as TUC was concerned and stressed that the union existed to help members to upgrade their knowledge and seek their interest, including conditions of service.
She noted that the training workshop was a systematic introduction of union officers to the Union’s structure and functions as well as key issues pertaining to work and in the labour fronts.
Madam Irene Ama Vedzi, Western Regional chairperson of the HSWU said the workshop was to sensitise the rank and file on the need to learn about the organisation and be introduced to industrial relations.