The Public Service Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) of Ghana has launched a PSWU Fund and Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) to meet the health needs of members and support them financially.
The MHIS will cover serious illnesses, such as cancer-related illnesses, strokes, terminal illnesses related to the kidneys and the heart.
The Fund would also support members by providing subsidized loans at low interest rates during their service and upon retirement.
PSWU National Chairman Mr. Ken Twenebuah Kodua at a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Kumasi said the move was part of their welfare initiatives for union members.
The NEC offered attendees, including PSWU Divisional, Regional and National Officers in its 10 administrative regions, the opportunity to discuss the state of the economy and wage issues as well as an update on the last National Labor Conference.
Mr. Kodua mentioned that the plan had been categorized into critical illness fund, hospitalization cover, retiree medical cover, which is optional for members, and medical insurance cover.
This improved health care would reduce the burden on members, he said.
Mr. Bernard Adjei, PSWU General Secretary, said the scheme would give members peace of mind and save them the hassle they go through to seek financial assistance in their critical times.
The health plan is managed and provided by the Nationwide Mutual Health Insurance Company Limited.
He urged all members to sign up for the plans so that they could benefit from the two initiatives which had emerged after wide consultation among members.
Mr. Adjei also called on PSWU members to come together to promote a common goal of all public sector workers.
Nana Awuah-Ampem II, Group President, Nationwide MHI, Co. Ltd, assured the PSWU of the company’s commitment to providing excellent member services.
Mr Joshua Ansah, Deputy General Secretary of the TUC, commended the PSWU for undertaking such commendable initiatives and expressed Congress’ support for these programmes.
He assured members that this year’s May Day celebrations would be openly celebrated across the country, as in previous years before the arrival of COVID-19, so that unions could voice their concerns.
Meanwhile, the over 150 PSWU delegates who attended the two-day conference discussed topics such as “Pension School: Calculating Your Pensions”, “Ghana Wage Analysis and Labor Response” , as well as “Cybersecurity and Digital Parenting,” among them.