The Trade Union Congress has reiterated its opposition to the building of the national cathedral, stating that “there are too many problems in Ghana for the national cathedral to be a priority among priorities.”
This position was stated at the Post-budget policy forum for organised labour leaders by the Friedrich-Ebert-Siftung in Accra yesterday to assess the impact of the recently read budget on the Ghanaian worker.
It would be recalled that at the recent climax of the 125th anniversary celebration of the Catholic Church, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, insisted that he “would build the national cathedral to the glory of God.” This is in spite of the huge clamour against the building of the cathedral.
They approved of government’s selected theme for the budget, saying that it showed government’s clear focus on job creating as evidenced by such initiatives as the Nation Builders’ Corps (NABCO), One District, One Factory, and Planting for Food and Jobs. They urged government to use these special initiatives to shore up the domestic private sector in order to create more jobs.
They again urged government to register the thousands of NABCO personnel unto the Social Security and national Insurance Trust.
They also suggested that government institute a new initiative of “Rearing for Food and Jobs,” which will complement the planting for Food and Jobs Initiative and the create jobs, while reducing the reliance on foreign imported poultry products.
They commended government for scrapping the 35% tax on the incomes over GH₵10,000, which the TUC had lobbied for.
They also applauded government for its plans to scrap tax exemptions to foreign companies, asking instead for government to reduce taxes for businesses.
They also asked government to institute measures to ensure that the country does not return to the IMF, saying, “We have the human and natural resources to develop Ghana and the IMF should not return.”
Joshua Ansah, Deputy Secretary-General of the TUC, answering questions on the creation of the Fiscal Council, he wondered, “why do you need another council? If you want to disciplined, you can be disciplined without anybody telling them what to do. Who are the people who are going to be on that council? How different are they from the present policies and laws that govern discipline in our governance.”
The post-budget forum is this year’s version of the TUC’s annual policy forum to assess how government policies impact on the wellbeing of the Ghanaian worker.
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