GHANA’S Labour Act covers all employers and employees, except such strategic institutions as the Armed Forces, the Police and Prison Services, as well as the other adjunct security services.
Among others, the Labour Act again addresses the protection of employment relationships, general conditions of employment, protection of remunerations, Collective Agreements, and strikes.
To ensure a tranquil and stable labour front, the National Labour Commission (NLC), was established to adjudicate all disputes and disagreements, investigate unfair practices, promote co-operation between workers and managements and ensure best practices on the labour front.
Despite the powers vested in the Act, it appears stakeholders are refusing to respect its stipulations.
Over the last few months, many employers and employees have displayed flagrant disregard for the Act and the National Labour Commission (NLC).
Parties to industrial disputes have blatantly refused to be guided by the principles of resolving conflicts and consequently, made the industrial atmosphere volatile.
The Times notes regrettably, that the NLC appears to be weak in ensuring a peaceful industrial milieu and, therefore, needs to be strengthened.
The recent strikes by some public and civil servants which led to suspension of work and closures, could have been averted if employers and employees respected the Labour Law.
It is worrying that all-year-round, the country has to grapple with industrial actions by public institutions, which in many instances are illegal, while we all look on helplessly and hopelessly.
For us, the only way to end these perennial occurrences is to get all parties to respect the Labour Law and its accompanying principles of conflict resolution.
Moving forward, parties to industrial disputes must be compelled to respect the Labour Law or face the consequences for flouting it.
This way, we would be assured of a peaceful industrial environment.