15 March 2014

Ghana: National Co-Ordinating Committee (NCC) of the ITF to Be Revived

press release

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), a global union federation of transport workers' trade unions, has held talks with the Ghana Trade Union Congress (GTUC) on the re-organisation of the Ghana National Co-ordinating Committee (NCC) of the ITF.

Addressing a news conference in Accra, yesterday, the Regional Secretary of ITF Africa, Mr Joseph Katende, said one major function of the ITF was to inform and advise Unions about developments in the transport industry in other countries or regions of the world.

He said ITF also maintained a specialist education department, dedicated to the development of strong and democratic transport Unions, adding that the kind of solidarity needed could range from protest messages, demonstrations and political pressure, to direct industrial action in the form of strikes, boycotts among others.

"The ITF worldwide campaign in the maritime industry against the use by owners of Flags Of Convenience (FOCs) to escape from national laws and national unions is a good example of solidarity," he said.

He said ITF, which worked at the national level through the NCC, existed to bring together the unions working in all sectors of the Transport industry, adding that the unification would give them a strong voice in transport policies.

According to Mr. Katende, he was in Ghana to help revive the Ghana NCC and outdoor their new leaders.

He explained that the ITF Africa had had its secretariat in Ghana, but was compelled to leave the country because some of the military regimes in Ghana were suspicious of its activities as a strong international workers' movement.

In addition, he said, the Ghana NCC was facing challenges because some of the affiliate unions had lost their membership.

Source: ISD (Solomon K. W. Tetteh)

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