The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is asking the Akufo-Addo-led government to stop the ongoing “dismissal and selective transfers” of workers on political grounds.
Expressing “grave concern” about the political vigilantism and the violent takeover of public organizations by alleged party foot soldiers of the New Patriotic Party, the unionised body challenged the president to unite all Ghanaians for economic and social development.
This was contained in a statement by the TUC reviewing the socio-economic and political situation in the country within the first six months of 2017.
Under the subtopic, ‘Politicization of the Public Service”, the TUC statement signed by the Secretary General Dr. Yaw Baah was emphatic: “Dismissals and selective transfers in the public service… is simply dangerous and unacceptable.”
It recalled that public servants, including chief executives and staff of a number of public service institutions, have either been removed without regard to established procedures, administrative norms and good corporate governance practices.
“Those affected are Ghanaians who might have been appointed based on their qualifications, skills and competences. The selective dismissals and transfers in the public service smacks of political vendetta especially when those removed are replaced by people whose only qualification is political party membership.”
The statement further said, “All Ghanaian citizens must feel part of this society in order that we can all contribute our quota towards the social and economic development of our country based on our abilities, talents, skills, and competences and not on political party affiliation.
“We are aware of the long history of such political vendetta in Ghana. But if the current trend continues we risk creating further divisions and political instability in our society which has the potential of shattering our hope for future prosperity.”
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