The Economic Fighters League has bemoaned the high cost of living in the country, a situation the group says is eating away the wages of labour and bringing untold hardship to hard-working Ghanaians, especially low-income earners.
The group in its message to congratulate workers on May Day condemned the exploitation of Ghanaian workers in restaurants, hotels, private security agencies, janitorial companies among others.
Signed by its Fighters-General Hardi Yakubu, the statement also expressed worry over the poor working conditions of Ghanaian workers and the lack of pension for them.
The group called on Ghanaian workers to have a positive working attitude and productivity but also underscored the need for institutions to improve the working conditions of workers.
Below is the full statement
We take the opportunity of the May Day celebrations to reaffirm our solidarity with all workers at all levels. The sacrifices, seen and unseen, that are made day and night to keep this country alive whether through teaching students, treating and nursing patients, farming, fishing, hairdressing, carpentry, masonry or barbering are well appreciated. We do this bearing in mind that this appreciation should not only be on 1st May once a year but be shown all-year round with fair pay for their labour.
In this regard, Fighters bemoans the high cost of living eating away the wages of labour and bringing untold hardship to hard-working people, in particular, low-income earners. We condemn the exploitation of workers in restaurants, hotels, private security agencies, janitorial companies, etc where the wages paid workers can hardly take home. In addition, these workers have no pension of any sort and their rights to decent work are frequently violated. This is unacceptable and must end.
While calling for a positive attitude towards work and productivity, we propose the institution of living wage since the minimum wage allowed for payment of wages that can hardly take care of basic necessities.
Salutations to all workers.