The Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) for the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions has elected new regional executives to steer affairs for the next four years.
The one-day conference attended by 170 members discussed and reviewed the activities of the union, and to measure its progress in the regions preparations towards the forthcoming national delegates’ conference.
The election was conducted at the Regional Council Conference of the PSWU, and supervised by the national executives.
Apart from the mainstream regional executive positions, members were elected for the Youth and Women’s committees.
Mr. Patrick Kumah Adjei, Nkoranza South Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Chairperson, and Mr. Saani Abdulai Aimah of the Audit Service, Sunyani, First Vice Chairperson.
Madam Celestina Naariyoug, a staff of Volta River Authority, Sunyani, Second Vice Chairperson, Mr. Ernest Gadasi Kafui, a staff of NCCE, Asunafo South District, First Trustee, and Mad. Gladys Boateng of the Centre for National Culture, Sunyani, Second Trustee.
The Youth Committee comprised Mr. Emmanuel Oduro, a staff of the NCCE, Jaman South Municipality, Chairperson, Mr. Samuel Asante, a staff of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Techiman South Municipality, Vice Chairperson, and Mad. Winifred Amoako Owusu of the Audit Service, Atebubu-Amanten Municipality, Secretary.
The Women’s Committee consisted of Madam Georgina Agyeiwaa, staff of NCCE, Tano South Municipality, Chairperson, Madam Munira Martits of the YEA, Sunyani, Vice Chairperson, and Madam Juliana Kyeraa of National Vocational Training Institute, Sunyani, Secretary.
Mr. John Sampah, Acting Deputy General Secretary of the union, in his remarks, lamented that although the “provision of public services had proven to be a major enabler of national development, [the] government was not investing enough in infrastructure and other resources that could deliver quality public goods and services critical in addressing inequality and poverty.”
Mr. Sampah urged all to “submit proposals for Constitutional Amendment and Resolutions that would contribute to make the PSWU stronger in the coming years, and make it shine brighter among its peers in the Trades Union Congress (TUC) fraternity.”
Mr. Charles Kwasi Kumi, Regional Industrial Relations Officer (IRO), in a report, said during the period under review, August 2015 to September 2019, the union, among others, held regular branch and Regional Council Officers (RCOs) meetings, and also organised workshops for its members to sharpen their skills on negotiations and collective bargaining agreements.
Mr. Kumi expressed satisfaction that the regional industrial climate was congenial, as there had been fruitful collaborations and good working relationship among the RCOs, the TUC Regional Secretariat and other sister unions.