The idea of an umbrella body that will champion the interest of Telecom and Electrical engineers, Information Communication Technology and other allied professionals’ across industries and institutions started in November, 2017 when some outsourced Telecom, Electrical and IT professionals engaged on managed service projects of two major telecom companies in Ghana realized that their profession career was being devalued and conditions of service is deteriorating at fast rate that something urgent needed to be done to restore hope for the next generation of these professionals.
Issues such as poor working conditions, lack of professional standards and training, increasing summary dismissal of experienced engineers, termination of employment and re-employment of in-experienced persons to do the work of engineers with lesser offer of remunerations, constant intimidation and threat of workers and lack of appropriate salary structure that will reward equal work for equal pay were the concerns that brought about the Union.
After extensive consultation through meetings with some major stakeholders including Trade Union Congress (TUC), it became obvious that we become a trade union to unite all Telecom, Electrical and ICT professionals across industries and institutions most especially within the Telecom and ICT industries and institutions, promote and ensure standards and ethics as professionals and also to negotiate better and proper conditions of service for and on behalf of them.
The group was formed and interim executives selected with specific mandate of registering and obtaining the necessary licenses to operate as a trade union.
The interim executives took the challenge and went on to engage the services of a renowned labour consultant and law firm to guide the team to organize, register, and engage employers across the Telecom and IT industries on behalf of their employees. This journey took us two years to accomplish.
As we embark on this daunting task of becoming the Umbrella Organization for Telecom, Electrical and ICT professionals across industries and institutions in Ghana and beyond, we are always guided by our core values : Leadership; Integrity; Innovation and Professionalism; and that is what differentiate us from those who tried and failed.