The General Secretary for Union of Informal Workers Association, Deborah Freeman, has stated that market women in Ghana are facing lot of challenges at their various trading posts but have no one to support them.

She stated this at a social dialogue and trade union management practice workshop organized for women in the informal economy on lobbying advocacy and campaign held in Accra.

According to her, market women sometimes face the challenge of capital, decongestions, poor market conditions etc but authorities do not show any concern as to how to get them out of their predicaments.

Deborah Freemen added that often when authorities are embarking on decongestion exercises to construct stores, the market women would be promised first priority but after completion high prices are quoted making it impossible for the poor women to get the stores.

This, she indicated, contributes to majority of them selling on the streets and appealed to authorities to close the wide gap between them and the market women so that they can know their problems and help solve them.

The Director of Labour Research and Policy Institute of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Dr. Kwabena Nyarko Otoo, urged authorities and the government in general to always protect market women.

The informal sector, he said, plays a significant role to the growth and development of the country and must be treated with the necessary respect.

He tasked the government to add market women in their decision making process so that they would factor their challenges in whatever they implement.

Union of Informal Workers’ Association is Ghana’s first national trade union for workers in the informal economy.

It was established on 18th April, 2013 under the name CIWA (Council of Informal Workers Associations) and later changed to “Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA)” in recorgnition of its status as a trade’s union and affiliated to the Trade Union Congress (TUC Ghana).

By William Sarpong

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