Organised labour has once again kicked against the suggestions and consideration by the government to return to the International Monetary Fund for an economic programme if its home-grown programme fails.
Secretary General of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Dr. Yaw Baah, has therefore reiterated the call for a home-grown national policy to transform the country’s economy rather than an IMF sponsored programme.
Speaking to endorse the National Employment Insurance Scheme under the Ghana Cares Obaatanpa initiative, Dr. Yaw Baah said the country will be transformed with the tactical approach by all stakeholders to address the present challenges.
He believes the scheme will be a game changer, hence no need for an IMF programme.
“I’m glad to see this national programme have all kinds of stakeholder approach. I think this is the best way we can develop this country”.
To him, the concept and the skills training in the programme will see the transformation of the job market in the next two years.
“Looking at the concept and all the skills training included in the programme, I can see our job market transforming in the next two years and the economy will be transformed. We have a serious problem with the economy and these domestic stakeholder initiatives have the potential to turn things around for the economy”.
“We don’t need the IMF to change things because we can do it as a nation; and this is what will bring back the hope’ he charged.
The training programme is focused on skills upgrading, work ethics, productivity and attitudinal change aimed at enhancing workers prospects for re-entry into the labour market at higher levels of productivity or performance.