General Secretary of Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU) of Trade Union Congress (TUC) – Ghana, Micheal Adumatta Nyantakyi has underscored the need for the union to position itself strategically in order to meet the emerging challenges in the world, the country and even at the enterprise level.  

Addressing delegates at the 12th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference at the PUWU Hospitality and Conference Center at Kasoa of the Central Region, Mr. Adumatta Nyantakyi said the changing trends calls for pragmatic measures to be adopted to ensure that the operations of the workers of the union remain relevant.

Over the years, PUWU has operated with some state institutions such as Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana Water Company Limited, State Housing Company, Community Water and Sanitation Agency as well as Northern Region Rural Integrated Programme and recently Mensvic Hotel.

According to the General Secretary of PUWU, even though members of the union have been fairly effective in carrying out their respective mandates, there is still the need for more to be done adding that the union needs to look beyond the public sector institutions as a way of repositioning itself to meet the challenges ahead.

For his part, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah lauded the union for the theme of the conference which is “REPOSITIONING THE UNION IN THE FACE OF EMERGING CHALLENGES IN THE WORLD OF WORK”.

This according to him is crucial since the global dynamics confronting the future of work and the demand for a revision of plans, projects, programmes and activities of the union must be the focal point of the union.

Mr. Baffour Awuah also indicated that “ the sudden turn of events as a result of COVID 19 has brought in it’s wake an urgent need to rethink the concept of work and work places. This is because science and technology are taking center stage in our attempts at re- engineering the world of work,” he added.

“The era of over reliance on human capital in manufacturing industries, Agriculture and the Service Sectors among others is currently under threat. The times and seasons are rapidly changing to embrace new technologies and it is on the premise of this emerging trend that the PUWU of TUC Ghana should be highly commended for the vision of seriously considering repositioning the union on account of the changing dynamics.”

Source: Bismack Oppong

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