PRESS RELEASE CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) PANDEMIC

TRADES UNION CONGRESS (GHANA)

PRESS RELEASE

CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) PANDEMIC

Following the confirmation of some cases of the coronavirus disease in Ghana, workers and all Ghanaians are understandably anxious.

This has necessitated the directive from the President of the Republic to ban all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious events.

According to the statement, businesses and other workplaces can continue to operate but should observe enhanced hygiene procedures.

The Honourable Minister for Employment and Labour Relations has   informed us that Government is closely monitoring the situation and will issue further information to the public as and when necessary.

In the meantime, we encourage all unions to work closely with their employers to put in place the necessary measures or arrangements to ensure that workers are fully protected from this deadly virus.

In particular, we urge all employers to grant leave to workers who need to be home to care for their children until schools re-open. We would also like to appeal to employers to allow workers who can work from home to do so as a means of minimizing interactions at workplaces.

We appreciate the effort Government is making to protect all Ghanaians and foreign residents in the country. We would like to draw Government’s attention to the prisons because we all know that our prisons are overcrowded.

Finally, we would like to advise all workers to rely only on official sources for information on the coronavirus disease.

[SIGNED)

DR.YAW BAAH

 SECRETARY GENERAL

ACCRA, 16 MARCH 2020

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