Employment ministry, workers of collapsed banks to meet over redundancy issues

Mr Ignatius  Baffour Awuah

Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) will this week engage affected workers of collapsed banks to work towards addressing redundancy issues emerging out of the consolidation of the banks.

Among other things, the meeting which would include leaders of the various labour unions, Bank of Ghana (BOG) and management of the Consolidated Bank of Ghana would seek to deliberate on the labour plans for the consolidated bank and what would be factored in case labour restructuring was necessary.

Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, the minister, said although the country’s laws allow employers to undertake redundancy exercise, the Ministry’s engagement with all the stakeholders was to ensure due processes were rightly followed and rights of both workers and employers were all taken into consideration in the process of decision making.

He was speaking to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday on the sidelines of a two-day job fair organised by the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in collaboration with the MELR.

The fair, which seeks to connect about 300 job-seekers to employers, was preceded by a series of trainings focusing on preparation of curriculum vitae (CV), cover letter writing, application training and professional grooming for the participants.

Additionally, it would also make it possible for 100 of the participants to be placed in the over 100 on-site vacancies in various organisations.

As a government focused on tackling the unemployment issues in the country, Mr. Baffour Awuah said the ministry would continue to support strategic events that connect employers and employees to keep abreast with academia and labour market demands.

In the meantime, he said the ministry was developing bilateral arrangement with countries in the Gulf Region, which mostly import labour from Ghana and other African countries, to protect the rights and liberties of Ghanaians who travel there to work.

“We want to ensure that the Ghanaian worker who finds him or herself in the Gulf Region or any other country is fully protected and accorded the decent work ethics set by the international labour organisation. We think that the Ghanaian worker must be protected at home and even when he or she is out of Ghana working in another jurisdiction, that protection remains intact,” he added.

Although the minister did not disclose when the ban on the exportation of labour to the Gulf Region would be lifted, he said the bilateral arrangement, when concluded, would commence the processes towards the eventual review of the ban by Cabinet.

Mr. Christoph Retzlaff, Germany Ambassador to Ghana, said Ghana was one of the five leading irregular migrant-sending countries in sub-Sahara Africa with thousands of people risking their lives to move to Germany to look for jobs and source of livelihood.

The fair, he said was to support government’s efforts at reducing youth unemployment by informing job-seekers about existing opportunities in Ghana and offer placement trainings.

Currently, Mr. Retzlaff stated that Ghana and Germany were cooperating on sustainable economic development with a focus on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), agriculture, renewable energy and governance adding that Germany was ever ready to support Ghana as it works towards building an economy not dependent on aid.

By Claude Nyarko Adams



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