The Union of Informal Workers associations (UNIWA) has held a conference to educate it’s members on how to save part of their income to secure their lives at their retirement age.
In an interview with the General Secretary of UNIWA, Madam Deborah Freeman said the workshop was aimed at empowering those working in the informal sectors to work hard so that they can benefit from it because some of their works are not secured and above all they earn less.
She disclosed this at the UNIWA of TUC informal economy conference on Thursday June 14, 2018, under the theme : Promoting social dialogue for decent work in the informal economy.
Mad. Deborah Freeman appealed to government to help the informal sector workers especially in the area of pension so that they can save towards their retirement age, adding, “the informal workers contribute to high economy growth in the country”.
The Deputy Head of the Organizing Department of TUC, Dr. Kwabena Nyarko Otoo,also added that, “we should promote decent work in the country and advised the workers to pay their pension scheme so that when they go on retirement they wouldn’t be a burden to the society.
UNIWA is Ghana’s first trade union for workers in the informal economy.
It was established in 2013 by Trade Union Congress (Ghana), with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES, Ghana office) and Danish Trade union solidarity centre (LOFTF), under the name council of Informal Workers’ Associations (CIWA) to bring together all the associate members of the TUC that are operating in the informal economy with the aim of promoting and protecting the interest of all workers in the informal economy.
CIWA became UNIWA in the 2014 to reflect the aspirations of the associate members of the TUC to transform the associations from associate membership status to a fullyfledged trade union and the nineteenth affiliate of the TUC.
At the time of its formation, UNIWA brought together all the nine associate members of the TUC with an estimated membership of 18,000.
By Angela Amuzu