The Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL) has called for a more cautious approach by organised labour in engaging the government on the recent utility hikes.
According to the federation, strike, actions are like dangerous weapons and should be sparingly used.
At a press conference held at the Ghana International Press Centre yesterday, the Secretary of GFL, Mr. Abraham Koomson, who said even though his outfit was not against the tariff increment, stated that they were worried because it had a lethal impact on industry, but was quick to add that the stand of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) was not the solution.
"Our open condemnation of the TUC's hasty threat to embark on a range of industrial actions was because the intended actions were unplanned and premature, and could not be sustained if carried out," he said.
Adding that the decision of TUC would further worsen the plight of workers, "innocent workers would become victims of the enforcement of the unguarded declaration, the ten day ultimatum."
Mr. Abraham Koomson stressed that in recent times, industries had witnessed massive layoffs due to unfavorable economic policies of government, and as such, greater caution was needed in addressing the issue, rather than the decision of the TUC, which he said, was 'volatile'.
To that end, he said social dialogue and deepened stakeholder engagement on the matters of utilities would be the best options to ensure the protection of the economic interest of mass of workers, and maintained that a strike action was the last resort, after exhaustive due processes.
Mr. Abraham Koomson went on to say that the committee set up by the government to make appropriate recommendations on what measures to take to lessen the impact of the new tariffs on its budget and users of utility services, would release its report next week.
He, however, used the opportunity to highlight the work of the committee, which included making regulatory process more systematic and transparent, reduce distribution losses; to ensure ECG reduces operating expenses, and the impact of the increases on industry and domestic consumers.
The rest are tariff adjustments should be made, based on an automatic formula, as agreed by stakeholders in 2010, and that the government to take the appropriate steps to ensure that the gas processing infrastructure in Western Region was operational.
To that end, he said, it would be improper for the TUC to go ahead with its 10-day ultimatum before the committee's report is released.