Solomon Kotei, General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, (ICU) has said the lockdown of some parts of the country over the COVID-19 should have been prolonged for two more weeks.
In his view, an extension would have given Ghanaians a better picture of the situation confronting the nation.
President Akufo-Addo on Sunday April 19 lifted the restrictions imposed on the movement of persons within some parts of Greater Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi.
According to the president, this decision was to give government the opportunity to try to contain the spread of the virus, scale-up effectively the tracing of persons who had come into contact with infected persons, test them for the virus, and quarantine those who tested positive and isolate them for treatment.
But Mr Solomon Kotei told TV3 360 News on Monday that the lockdown should have been extended.
He said : “Ones he has been advised by the technical men it should be the good for Ghanaians. Some of thought that we should have gone two more weeks to give us a better picture.”
He further called employers to ensure that their workers are provided with PPEs at the work environment.
“Most of them have bought sanitizers, nose and face masks,” he said.
Meanwhile the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has commended the government for lifting the Covid-19 restriction of movement in Greater Accra, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi.
The TUC described the decision as an apt move and the right thing to do protect the economy and jobs in the country.
The TUC made this position known through Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah. Secretary General of the TUC, when he addressed the President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House at his invitation to know at first hand what he can do as President to support the congress and its members.
“We have followed the developments in the country since the first two confirmed cases were announced and the measures you and your government have taken so far to deal with this major health crisis”.
“The restrictions on movements have yielded some positive results and we are all witnesses to this. Yesterday, you eased some of these restrictions and emphasized that other restrictions must be complied with strictly. We think it is the right thing to do giving the dire economic consequences of prolonged restrictions” the TUC Secretary General noted.
“We are in the process of accessing the impact of the health crisis on employment in Ghana, what we are seeing is mind-boggling. Businesses are collapsing in almost all the sectors of the economy, many people have already lost their jobs, many more would have lost their jobs without the easing of some of these restrictions” Dr. Baah noted.
Dr. Baah TUC extended an invitation to the President to participate in their virtual May Day celebration on the 1st of May 2020. He indicated that the TUC intends to use the live television programme to send a strong message to the working people of Ghana on the need to protect themselves and their families from the Covid-19 virus.
President Akufo-Addo in his introductory remarks said the support of organized labour in the fight against the novel Coronavirus, Covid-19 cannot be over emphasized.
He indicated that government after lifting the lockdown ban will not relax its tracing, testing and treatment agenda.
He assured the leadership of organized labour that his administration will do everything possible to safeguard jobs and labour concerns in Ghana. President Akufo-Addo also accepted the invitation of the TUC to join their virtual May Day celebration.
“The invitation you have thrown to me to be part of the TV commemoration of May Day is one i cannot refuse, so you have to work me into the programme” President Akufo-Addo stated.