The General Secretary of the Africa chapter of the International Trades Union confederation, Dr. Kwasi Adu-Amankwah has challenged labour unions in the public sector to help restore professional integrity in the public sector.
He says the recruitment of the right calibre of staff into the service remain key in ensuring efficiency in public business.
He says the Ghanaian public sector has been overstaffed at the junior levels and under staffing at the senior levels.
He has thus advocated the rigorous and competitive hiring scheme for the public sector.
He said this at the launch of the sixtieth anniversary of the public services workers Union.
Dr.. Adu-Amankwah said to realise this, there is the needbto depoliticise the public service since it is an administrative organ by its mandate.
The Public Services Workers Union of the TUC, PSWU, was conceived on June 22, 1959 at broadcasting house in Accra after the merger of four unions.
They were the GBC, customs, excise and preventive service, meteorological department and produce inspection unions. The PSWU has over the years grown to comprise 63 unions.
The General Secretary of the Africa chapter of the international trades Union confederation, Dr. Kwasi Adu-Amankwah said eliminating political interference in the human resourcing of the public sector must respond to politically defined priorities within the constitutional framework.
But that must not lead to politics influence who gets promoted.
He said promotions in the public service sector must be based on merit. While commending public sector workers for their contribution to national development, Dr. Kwasi Adu-Amankwah called for higher standards of work ethics for workers
The Acting General Secretary of PSWU, Bernard Adjei said the Union is reinventing itself and become more engaging with its publics and operations.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations , Ignatius Baffour Awuah, said the rapidly evolving phase of work call for pragmatic measures of unions.
A new cloth for the Union was outdoored.
Augustus Acquaye filed this report