GEA meets the National Labour Commission
The Ghana Employers’ Association has called on the National Labour Commission (NLC) to work effectively and efficiently to settle all disputes that are brought before it for adjudication, to enable employers undertake their business activities efficiently.
This was made in its 309th Council Meeting, held on 5th September, 2018, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, in Accra. Council informed the seven Commissioners that employers are not too happy about the manner and way the Commission is proceeding with its work, as its laws and rulings are unable to bring sanity into the industrial relations space, thus distorting business performance. Employers also commented that the Commission and all stakeholders should make conscious efforts in reviewing the role of Mediators and Arbitrators in the dispute settlement process. Since these actors play a critical role in shaping the industrial relations environment.
On their part, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Andrew Kwabena Asamoah, thanked GEA for the invitation and conceded that the NLC since its establishment in 2005 has not been able to fully implement the provisions of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651). He indicated that the Commission is under resourced in all dimensions, including lack of regional offices, and this is making it ineffective. The Chairman therefore entreated Employers and other stakeholders to support the commission in various means for effective dispute settlements.
The seven-member Commission is composed of two representatives from employers, organized labour and government, and the chairperson. The employers’ representatives are Mrs. Rose Karikari Anang, former CEO of GEA and Mr. Kwame Ofori-Gyau. Others are Mr. Francis Kofi Davoh and Fidelis Patrice Seddoh representing organized labour. Government is represented by Mr. John Kwame Effah Nkrabea-Darteh and James Attah Krufi Nuam.