Kwasi Agyemang-Prempeh was described as “a brilliant organising ambassador for Unite” after using his annual leave to spend a week training and supporting union officers in Ghana.
The praise came from Philip J. Jennings general secretary of UNI Global Union, which values Kwasi’s contribution to its cleaning stewards network.
“I heard Uni had planned a training visit to Ghana, which is where I come from. So I asked if I could go along,” said Kwasi Agyemang-Prempeh, who is Unite branch secretary for cleaners in London.
“I took a week’s holiday from my job and flew to Accra to join an international team training and supporting Ghanaian organisers. They said I boosted their morale and it must have helped because in a week we recruited 1,000 new members to the local Union of Private Security Personnel,” he said.
The Ghanaian union now has 5,000 members in Accra. “I’m ready to go back – there are other cities in Ghana where we need to organise. In London, I champion the London Living Wage for our cleaners. I want to empower anyone who is at the bottom of the ladder.”
UNI hopes to continue using Kwasi as a mentor in Ghana and in other campaigns in Africa. The admiration is mutual.
“Last June for UNI’s Justice for Cleaners Day, we gave passengers leaving Heathrow a flower to give to a cleaner at their destination airport. It was a humorous, human way of getting our message across,” said Kwasi Agyemang-Prempeh.
UNI Global Union works internationally for 20 million workers in 900 unions worldwide, including Unite.
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