The Ghana Revenue Authority Workers’ Union (GRAWU) has held its third Annual Delegates Conference to deliberate on championing the welfare of its members to enhance productivity.
The Congress, held at Ho in the Volta Region, also coincided with the union’s 10th anniversary launch dubbed ‘GRAWU @ 10: Achievement and challenges in management, labour relations’. During the Congress, new national executives were elected to steer the union’s affairs.
Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko Brobbey – speaking at the conference, commended GRAWU for its significant contributions toward the country’s development.
He said the union plays a critical role in advocating the well-being of its members through constructive engagement with management.
The minister said it is important for labour and management to have constructive dialogue and leverage key resolutions to propel growth.
Dominic A. Nartey, National Chairman-GRAWU, noted that the union’s vision is to focus on the general well-being and better future of its members.
He said among objectives of the union is to establish good working relations with management of the GRA to ensure high productivity, stressing that labour plays a key role in helping management on strategies to widen the tax net for national development.
The GRA Commissioner-General, Dr. Ammishaddal Owusu- Amoah, in an address read on his behalf said efforts are underway to widen the tax net, ensure compliance and generate the required revenue for the state.
He said the Authority’s core mandate is to mobilise revenue to advance the country’s socio-economic development, and that the Authority plans to roll-out initiatives and measures which enable it to achieve its mandate.
The Commissioner-General said several initiatives have already been rolled out – including the Upfront VAT compliance strategy and Electronic VAT Invoicing system, among other key initiatives to augment revenue collection.
There were solidarity messages from the GRA Public Service Workers’ Association, Customs Division Staff Association and National Communications Authority Staff Association.
Elected national executives
The newly elected National Executives of the Union are: National Chairman, Theophilus Ehun; 1st Vice Chairman, Patience Dawutey; 2nd Vice Chairman, Naomi Chartey; 3rd Vice Chairman, Abdul Salaam Commey, National Secretary, Margaret Boateng Nartey; Assistant National Secretary, Abdul Wahab; Financial Secretary, Barbara Agyare; National Treasurer, Joel Kaku Minlah; Women’s Organiser, Helen Ethel O. Tetteh; Welfare Officer, Clarissa Aggrey-Fynn Amissah; 1st Welfare Officer, Francis Kaku Cudjoe; 2nd Assistant Welfare Officer, Cosmos Leonard Edem; and National Public Affairs Officer, Robert Benjamin Eshun.