Council Of State, NLC Holds Talks Over Labour Issues

Members of the Council of State and the labour commission members Members of the Council of State and the labour commission members

The Economic and Social Development Committee of the Council of State, has met the Management Members of the Secretariat of the National Labor Commission (NLC).

The NLC Executive Secretary, Ofosu Asamoah and the Director of Administration and Human Resources, led the delegation to meet the Council of State.

Mr Ofosu Asamoah, gave an overview of the establishment of the Commission processes in resolving cases at the Commission.

He briefed the Council Members on the dispute settlement processes, as well as the operations of the Commission, since its establishment in the year 2005.

He made a call on the government to absorb the cost of mediation and arbitration fees to allow the accessibility and promote expeditious resolution of Industrial dispute taking into consideration the number of complaints received by the Commission.

The Executive Secretary opined that there should be discussions towards making the members of the Commission full time Commissioners to expedite the hearing of cases at the Commission.

Mr Ofosu Asamoah noted that the weekly hearing of cases by the Members of the Commission was inadequate in resolving the numerous cases brought before the Commission.

"If they are made full-time Commission, they will sit daily and this will quicken the resolution processes to avoid the current delays in resolving most of the disputes," he explained.

Mr Ofosu Asamoah, disclosed that the Commission since its establishment in 2005 has received over 1.2million Complaints out of which over 70 percent have been heard and resolved.

He mentioned the lack of office space for staff with poor ventilation, lack of meeting room, lack of offices for members of the Commission, lack of a room for library and other reference materials among others.

The Chairman of the Committee, Paa Kofi Ansong, thanked the Commission for its accomplishments despite all the challenges and for working hard to ensure the peaceful resolution of a number of landmark cases brought before it.

He recommended that the Commission should be organizing seminars for Labour Unions to help address some of their concerns as a way of minimizing the rampant Labour agitations.

He underscored the important role of the NLC to the Ghanaian economy and added that it was pertinent the Commission be supported by government and other stakeholders to make its work meaningful.

Hon. Paa Kofi Ansong promised that the Council of State will take up the issue of support of the NLC with the relevant authorities as a way of getting solutions to the Commission's concerns.

The former Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram and former Employment Minister, who is now a Member of the Council, E T Mensah, said it is time the law that established the Commission is reviewed for necessary inputs to be made to enable the Commission operates much effectively because of its important role to the national economy.