The General Secretary of the struggling Ghana Railway Workers Union (GRWU), Godwill Ntarmah, has resigned.
Ntarmah resigned on the September 1, this year, with immediate effect at the time the once vibrant Railway Company was going through financial difficulties.
Ntarmah’s last conference as the General Secretary was when he led the Union to address the dire financial difficulties bedevilling the company exactly three weeks ago.
In his resignation letter entitled ‘To whom it may concern,” Godwill Ntarmah wrote that he had decided to resign from his position after serving for sixteen years, both as Deputy General Secretary and Secretary.
Below is his resignation letter he personally copied to this reporter.
RESIGNATION LETTER – TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN After widely consulting with my family and loved-ones, I have decided to resign from my position as the General Secretary of the Railway Workers’ Union of Ghana effective 1 st September, 2023.
I served the Union for nearly 16 years. From 2008 to 2012, I was the Deputy General Secretary of the Union and from 2012 to 2023, I served the Union as the General Secretary. There is no gainsaying that I have contributed immensely to the welfare of railway workers in Ghana.
As the General Secretary, I led several negotiations that achieved a cumulative 182% in salary levels over the period. The breakdown is as follows: • 2012 – 25% • 2014 – 50% • 2016 – 25% • 2017 – 35% • 2019 – 20% • 2020 – 10% • 2022 – 17% In spite of all my achievements, my work must come to an end at some point and I believe there is no better time than now to bring my leadership role in the Union to an end, though under not-so-pleasant circumstances.
Let me take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to all those I have worked with. I thank the National, Branches and the Associations of the Railway Workers Union, the office staff of the Union, the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL) taskforce and the entire Railway Workers for their immense support.
I also thank the leadership of the Trades Union Congress, colleague General Secretaries as well as the whole TUC family. To the Management of GRCL, I wish to state that it has been exciting working with you and pledge to even work harder for the growth the Company now that I will be returning to the Company after my secondment to the Union.
Finally, I am grateful to all others who supported me in diverse ways to serve the Union to the best of my ability. I wish the next leader of the Union and his or her team, a successful term and promise to support the team in any way possible for the progress of the Union.