GEA-TUC sensitises informal economy operatives on labour laws
GEA in collaboration with the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Ghana and with funding support from the Business Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC), embarked on labour laws sensitization workshops in some selected regional capitals of the country namely, Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Koforidua where most informal sector businesses exist.
Over the past four decades, the informal sector of the economy has remained the largest employer, absorbing about 88 percent of economically active population of the country. Despite forming a key component of the nation’s labour force, workers in the informal economy barely realize the full impact of the national labour laws, as most of them work under very exploitative and unfair conditions. Whereas many employers in the informal sector are unaware of their obligations, most workers are also oblivious of their rights and responsibilities as employees, hence forcing them to operate under very dangerous and unfair conditions. Therefore, there was the need to make the labour laws more beneficial to employers and workers in the informal economy.
During the various workshops, the GEA and TUC facilitated practical discussions with participating informal sector employers and workers in order to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Labour Law, 2003 (Act 651). It is envisaged that educating operators in the informal economy to understand and appreciate the Labour Law will contribute towards creating a more policy-driven environment for enterprise creation, adherence to labour standards, promoting industrial peace and harmony, as well as enhancing productivity and development.