Some Ghanaian workers have expressed their level of satisfaction for their output and earnings over the year and hope to see a better improvement in the coming years. The Worker spoke to a group of workers within Accra and Central Region of Ghana to know about their stories, some major challenges that confronted them at work in the course of the year and things they hoped for in the coming year.
Alfred Annetey Abbey is a Solicitor Managing Clerk at ACA Law Consult, he states that “generally I will say its 75% successful and 25% challenges. Almost 75% and the Lawyer goes to court he is able to get results. When it comes to chasing dockets from the courts, the most challenging thing is that the court clerks are not really collaborating. Some of them demand from you certain things before they will be able to give you what you want. And some of them [issues] are new cases and we have to get the processes and proceedings of the court. But with the relocation to the new courts, almost three years ago, there are challenges of cases that are pending before we move them to the new courts. In looking for such dockets and other things, we need to really go and contract somebody at the archives to look for those things so that we can go on with the case. In all, the year was successful but in the coming year I am expecting to do better than I did”.
On the part of Kwesi Jerome who is a clerk working at a Secretarial shop in Bortianor, there were difficulties in saving enough over the year. He feels there is no enough money circulating in the economy and business hasn’t been successful.
In Gomoa East, Francis Kuma, who works at the District Assembly as a task force said, he and his team “have made effort about their work. We just started in November but at least Hon Solomon Quarm [DCE] has recognised the good work we are doing for the district. We have brought more clients to pay building permits to the Assembly. If God permits we will do more work and surprise the Assembly. The Government has also donated vehicles for the task force and we appreciate it.”
Emmanuel Ghansah and Manasseh Ghansah are two brothers in a barbering business located near the West Hill Mall at Ga South. In their opinion one of the worst experiences during the year was people not willing to pay the actual amount priced for their haircuts. For Emmanuel, he has the hope that by next year such unwillingness and complains will reduce drastically. “I pray that by next year we will move from here to a bigger shop”, he also added.
On the part of Manasseh, he told our reporter that he hopes to find good opportunities outside Ghana. He mentioned two reasons why he would wish to travel outside Ghana, especially to places like South Africa and Europe, to work there as a barber. Firstly, he is not on any social security here in Ghana whiles working as an employee of a barbering shop. Nothing is compelling his boss to pay for his SSNIT contribution. Secondly, he believes that the value of Ghana’s currency, the cedi, is very low as compared to other currencies such as the rand. The young enthusiast is poised to realise his dreams outside the shores of Gulf of Guinea.
At dawn, Mr. Osei Asibey, takes trotro from Kasoa to Kantamanto to sell his shoes. He thinks this year’s Christmas sales has been good than last year. “A lot of people are buying in the past three days” he narrated. With “the free education, people like to buy things now. A lot of parents and students come to buy shoes.” But he has a worry about Chinese retail shoe commerce. “As at now, the Chinese are spoiling our business. Their things are very cheap”, Osei worried.
Billions of workers worldwide will celebrate the Christmas and the New Year. During such season, bonuses are expected to be paid by employers and rewards are given to hardworking and productive workers. Ghanaian workers increasingly desire to take share in the ownership of the businesses they work for with the hope that wages and dividends can be earned more. They also expect public institutions to reflect the needs of the society.