The National Tripartite Committee has called on employers to adopt social dialogue in engaging employees on work-related challenges in times of crisis.
ope体育电竞According to the committee, the approach is necessary for the unlikely event of layoffs or other mitigating measures.
Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress, Dr. Yaw Baah, speaking to the media at a COVID-19 Communique signing ceremony by the committee indicated that they expect employers to dialogue with their employees on whatever action they may be taking.
ope体育电竞“COVID-19 will affect different enterprises differently and so where they have a union they have to discuss with their employers and where they don’t have unions, employers should create the space to discuss with workers so that they can agree on the way forward. There are some enterprises that are self-employed and in fact, we were saying probably this is late but it is not because those enterprises that don’t have unions always have to rely on guidelines from the National Tripartite Committee so we have come out at the right time so that they can also be guided on what they should do going forward. Social dialogue is the only way we can get out of this together.”
ope体育电竞Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, speaking at the event explained that the private sector was likely to feel the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses than the public sector.
ope体育电竞“The impact of COVID-19 on various aspects of the economy differs from one institution to the other. For instance, if you take the public sector, I have not heard and I am not aware of anybody who has not received the salary because of COVID-19. But if you go to the private sector, as I indicated earlier on the impact differs from one sector of the economy to the other. For instance, the hospitality industry is badly affected than perhaps any other part of the economy why because if you come to Accra, for instance, most of these usually are filled up with people may not necessarily be Ghanaians but may have come to Ghana to transact one business or the other but because there is this ban on travel and people being extra careful movement have actually reduced and as a result when you go to most of these hotels they are not functioning.”
ope体育电竞He, therefore, pleaded with employers to use apply social dialogue in their decision-making processes such that all parties will have their grievances sorted out.
ope体育电竞“The long effect of that is if we are not working, all things being equal, our workers are also not working, eventually what then happens is that they will either ask their workers to stay at home or have some form of arrangement with them. There has not been any formalized way of dealing with workers when it comes to such situations but that is why the tripartite is urging that should any workplace decide to make a decision as a result of the effect of COVID we are pleading with them to use the conduit of social dialogue so that it will not be seen as perhaps one part of the tripartite body imposing its rights over the other.”