Gov’t vows to deal with firms that fail to comply with labour laws on layoffs

Government has indicated that it will deal with any firm that fails to adhere to the country’s labour laws on staff retrenchment.

Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Idrissu, said his outfit is monitoring activities in the employment space as firms across the country are cutting back staff numbers over what many say is the unfriendly business environment.

“In all instances the laws of the country will prevail and must be respected by all entities whether public or private”, the minister said on Business Trends on Joy FM Wednesdays.

He has asked firms in the country to respect the law’s prescription on issues regarding conditions of service, rules and procedure for redundancy, and payment  of due compensation where necessary.

Haruna Idrissu is however although there have been layoffs in some companies, the situation “is not out of hand”.

He said government is committed to keeping the layoffs under control.

Speaking on the same program, Organisational and Business Psychologist, Dr. Kwesi Amponsah, however, advised, labour unions to resort to what he calls “job share”, to mitigate the surging layoffs.

“In the UK, a unionised group, realising that what actually kills employees during redundancy is not the lack of money but inactivity, the union decided that rather than fifty percent of the staff going home, they will rather resort to job share: [they] would rather work four hours in a day to retain everybody in the organisation [instead of the mandated eight hours of work]”, he said.

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