Lamin Suso, deputy secretary general of The Gambia Labour Congress (GLC) has
said that the Congress will continue to protect the interest of all workers and
also endeavour to build capacity within the Trade Union Movement so as to
adequately match their counterparts from government and employers in dealing
with pertinent national development issues.
Mr. Suso in a statement sent to this medium, congratulated the working class movement as of this year’s Labour Day celebration.
Labour Day also known as Workers Day is celebrated globally and the theme for this year is- “Building the Worker’s Power, Change the Rules.”
He further said that the fight for better conditions of work and decent work, peaceful coexistence and industrial peace still continues, noting that work is not a privilege but a right as enshrined in the UN human Rights Declaration.
“In the Gambia, this day is celebrated through Workers Day Sports but it is regrettable that no workers Union Team participate as a Team. In fact those present all represent their various Companies,” he decried, adding that workers should know their value and their right to work.
“We decry the current intervention by some Government Authorities in the internal affairs of the Union.”
He added that their affiliated organization ( ILO Convention 98 is pertinent) and The Gambia Transport, Agriculture Food and Industrial Workers Union has been subjected to endless intimidation, suppression and discrimination.
According to him, some people’s action has given the union cause to submit a petition to the relevant National Assembly Select Committee for redress.
As they look forward to a new Employment Policy, deputy SG Suso expressed hope that the Women Workers particularly those in the Agriculture sector are given maximum care, safeguard their interest and protect them from hazardous work or prolonged working hours under the sun.
On behalf of workers he congratulated the government and employers on the day but called for the review of all ILO Conventions that is pertinent to Labour and Employers and review the expatriate quota to favour Gambians.
He also called for the expansion of the Industrial Tribunal to cover the regions.
He urged for the need to set up a review commission to study the implementation of a national minimum wage in accordance with the ILO Convention and Recommendation NO 131.