Delegates to West Africa's first Public Services International (PSI) conference have been urged to strive for the welfare of workers throughout the world.
Delegates to West Africa's first Public Services International (PSI) conference have been urged to strive for the welfare of workers throughout the world. The three-day conference opened in Sierra Leone last week (23 October) with a speech by the country's second Vice President, Mr. C.A. Kamara-Taylor. Later, delegates went on to discuss ways of intensifying their educational programmes for workers.
SYNOPSIS: The conference -- held in the City Hall in Freetown -- was one of the highlights of the African trade union calendar.
Mr. Kamara-Taylor told his audience that trade unions gave workers the opportunity to influence decisions that would affect their lives and their environment.
Sierra Leone's industrial relations act had established negotiating councils for collective bargaining for wages and other conditions of employment for workers below supervisory level. Mr. Kamara-Taylor said the PSI was an organisation which embraced workers engaged in key sectors of the economy. Any industrial unrest would have an immediate and direct impact on the daily lives of workers.
The vote of thanks was given by P.S.I. President -- Mr. Heinz Kluncker. In the P.S.I. educational programmes, workers are reminded of their responsibilities -- to their employers, to the welfare of their kith and kin and to their county.