The Public Services Workers’ Union (PSWU) of Ghana celebrated its 60th anniversary on 25 June 2019 under the theme of “PSWU @ 60 Promoting Public service delivery and national development: Setting the Agenda for Alternatives.” The ceremony, which was held at the Accra National Theatre Exhibition Hall was attended by 500 delegates and international guests.
Commenting on the theme of the anniversary, Bernard Adjei, Acting General Secretary of PSWU, said, “The theme for the celebration is the result of our union’s ability to lobby the government to engage trade unions to cooperate in ensuring quality public services for Ghanaians. At the same time, we look towards the future in our aspirations to sustainable development through the advancement of decent work, social justice and peace.”
The PSWU was established in 1959 with a membership of 2,000. Today, the union has become one of the largest and strongest union in Ghana with a membership of 24,000 with in the BWI sectors a total membership of two thousand. The union operates 200 branches, 65 Divisions and over 1000 Locals across the country.
The PSWU’s primary goals is to promote the economic and social interests of workers in the Ghanaian public sector. It does so primarily through collective bargaining in which it negotiates for improved wages and better working conditions for its members. The union also engages government and its agencies on policy issues that affect the functioning of the public service and that have implications for workers, their families, and the general public.
The PSWU has over the years contributed through its activities towards national development of the country. The union also played key role in protecting workers’ interests of privatization in the public sector in Ghana.
In a fraternal message sent to the PSWU, Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI congratulated the PSWU, its leadership and members in the union’s 60th anniversary and expressed its gratitude to the union for its contribution to building a strong union that negotiates and continues to influence policies in Ghana nationally and globally.