The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Trades Union Congress (TUC), represented by the Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA) regarding the use of space by Informal workers.
The objective was to deepen the social dialogue process of engagement of informal economy workers with the Assemblies with the long term strategy of organizing the informal economy workers for UNIWA.
With the partnership of FRIEDRICH-EBERT-STIFTUNG IN GHANA, an NGO that promotes security, social democracy and economic development, the KMA’s management committee and UNIWA will use the MOU as a guide to the informal economy workers and the Assembly.
The MOU seeks to provide opportunity for the informal workers to have a representation and discuss issues including the use of space in the metropolis, adequate security to protect life and property, specific guidelines for street hawking in the city, establish markets in certain locations during certain days of the week among others.
Over the years, dialogues with the informal economy groups forms part of the District Assembly’s strategy to educate informal workers whose activities relates with them on their policies and programmes.
To this end, the Mayor of Kumasi, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi engaged the leadership of TUC and the informal economy leadership to involve the management committee of KMA to embrace the informal economy groups through the MOU which was signed on Monday 21st October, 2019 in Kumasi.
The KMA is one of the 3 Assemblies that were identified for the MOU including Sunyani and Takoradi.
Story By: Emmanuel Antwi Jnr