Create harmony among labour partners -•â€‚Employment minister challenges NLC
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Nii Armah Ashietey, has challenged the National Labour Commission (NLC) to develop mechanisms that will ensure harmonious labour relations among government, workers and employers.
He noted with concern that the industrial environment had lately experienced turbulence, which could adversely affect productivity and national development.
“Considering the effect that this is having on productivity and the nation as a whole, it is our desire that members of the NLC would chart effective and progressive ways towards addressing industrial differences,” Nii Ashietey stated.
The minister threw the challenge when he inaugurated six new members of the commission in Accra yesterday.
The reconstituted NLC is chaired by Mr Edward Kodzo Briku-Boadu, a former Executive Secretary of the NLC and a private legal practitioner.
Other members are: Mr Dan Akyeampong and Ms Eva Osei Numo, representing the Ghana Employers Association (GEA); Mr Dennis Vormawor and Mr Kwami Boni, representatives of organised labour, and Mrs Akangangblem Agomu Asokea, a government representative.
The minister charged the members to ensure the settlement of industrial disputes and promotion of peaceful industrial relations for the next four years and indicated that social dialogue ought to be key in employer-employee relationship.
‘That is why it is disheartening when during industrial disagreements, you hear disputing parties holding entrenched positions’, Nii Ashietey lamented.
‘As a commission charged with the maintenance of a peaceful industrial relations environment, it is important for you to note that you need to put your house in order by ensuring that there is industrial peace and harmony’, the minister told the members of the commission.
The minister assured the members that the government would support them adequately to enable them to carry out their mandate efficiently.
‘Let me reiterate that you are assuming office at a time when there is high turbulence on the industrial scene and it is our desire that your timely intervention and proactiveness will help eliminate or reduce the turbulence being witnessed’, Nii Ashietey said.
By Della Russel Ocloo/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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