By Yussif Ibrahim, GNA
09, GNA – The Public Services Workers’ Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union
Congress (TUC) has expressed grave concern about the selective application of
Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) by some employers in dealing with
issues affecting workers.
Adjei, the Acting General Secretary said the situation where employers
blatantly disregarded CBAs when it came to the implementation of the rights of
workers, but quickly, referred to the same document when dealing with disciplinary
issues, was unacceptable.
Secretary, who was speaking at the Ashanti Regional Delegates Conference in
Kumasi, said such practices amounted to double standards and must not be
allowed to continue.
He said the
Labour Act 2003, Act 651, which governed employment relations in the country
clearly states that CBAs were valid until they were renegotiated, hence, the
practice whereby some employers were refusing to respect those agreements under
the guise of expired duration must stop.
some of these same employers are quick to refer to such agreements in dealing
with disciplinary issues but when there are issues related to conditions of
service that benefits the worker, they deny them”, Mr. Adjei pointed out.
He said such
attitudes did not promote peaceful industrial relation at the workplace, saying
that, some organizations were not even allowing the negotiation of CBAs.
He accused such
employers of using flimsy excuses and tactics to deny their workers the
opportunity to negotiate their conditions of service through the CBA processes.
only goes to impede the progress we have made as a country in our industrial
relations practice”, he bemoaned.
He assured the
delegates that the union would continue to use all legitimate means to ensure
that the interest of its members and workers in general were protected.