PROTECTING CASUAL WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY

Casual jobs are usually short-term or temporary jobs that involve irregular hours.

They are jobs that are not guaranteed to be ongoing and do not provide paid holiday leave or sick leave.

What it means is that casual workers are employed on hourly, daily or weekly basis, without any commitment from the employee or the employer that the job is permanent or guaranteed.

Generally, casual workers are often employed on “as needed” basis and some of them may experience long periods of time between shifts.

The definition of casual workers above is what should be the normal practice for companies that have casual workers, but it appears the law is being widely flouted in the country.

It is widely acknowledged that currently, casual workers are hired to work in some public and private institutions for several hours and beyond the stipulated number of months.

According to the country’s Labour Act, appointments of persons, who have worked with any establishment after six months, should be regularised.

Unfortunately, employers, particularly those of the private sector, are reported to be the worst offenders for engaging casual workers beyond the mandated six months duration.

Some employers are said to have failed to permanently employ persons, who have served beyond the six months, in clear violation of the laws of the land.

What is worse is that, these violations are being committed right under the nose of the enforcement agencies, which are mandated to check the exploitation of casual workers.

The inaction of the agencies to enforce the country’s labour law, is a violation of the right of the workers.

Indeed, all casual workers are protected against exploitation, under the laws of the country, and that of the international labour law.

It is, important that stringent measures are instituted to check institutions and employers, who violate the Labour Act, with the view of bringing them to book.

Ghana is signatory to international conventions against the exploitation of casual workers, and it is unwise that institutions would be allowed to violate these conventions and laws of the country.

We urge the National Labour Commission as well as the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, to enforce the laws, to compel employers to employ casual workers, who have worked for six months or more.

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