By Iddi Yire/ Jesse Owusu Ampah, GNA
Accra, Aug. 13,
GNA - The Ghana Employers Association (GEA) in collaboration with the National
Labour Commission (NLC) with funding from the Confederation of Norwegian
Enterprise (NHO), has organised a programme on mediation and arbitration for
programme seeks to support employers, organised labour and government
representatives to understand and appreciate the role of mediation and
arbitration in Ghana's labour dispute settlement processes and procedures.
It is also
intended to equip the social partners to be enable to prepare adequately in the
event that dispute is reported to the NLC.
Frimpong, the Chief Executive Officer, GEA, said one thing that was very
critical in every work place was how to settle disputes between workers and
He said that
the objective of the workshop was to deepen understanding, enhance cooperation
and facilitate the processes of mediation; so that both management and
employees could sing from the same page sheet when it comes to the settlement
of industrial disputes.
He said because
conflict is inevitable in society, there is the need for stakeholders to
adequately prepare themselves for any eventuality; stating that “the essence is
to prepare, so that in the event that it occurs, you are ready to handle the
situation, so that it brings industrial peace”.
country to be able to achieve its national goals, we need industrial peace.
Workers must understand the rules, the processes and the laws that govern that
employment relationship,” Mr Frimpong said.
also understand that employees also have rights at the work place; so that
there is the need to reconcile the differences to ensure that you coexist to
deliver on your mandate, he said.
He noted that
as and when problems occur, there must be an organised way of addressing them,
so that the organisation could grow from strength to strength.
He said once
there was an organised way of addressing labour disputes in any country,
investors would be ready to invest in it.
On the way
forward, Mr Frimpong said it was important that all stakeholders learnt a
lesson by ensuring that there was industrial peace in the country.
Karikari Anang, the Vice Chairman, NLC, said mediation and arbitration was
critical for labour dispute resolution, because it engenders socioeconomic
She said the
Commission was really poised in deepening the process of mediation and
arbitration, adding that to this end, the Commission has developed a code of
conduct to guide the conduct of arbitrators and mediators, to ensure that they
do the right thing.
She said the
Commission would be opening mediators and arbitrators list to ensure that there
is a wider list of mediators and arbitrators.