ICU-Ghana Demands Immediate End to Relentless Labor Exploitation
As the world celebrates Decent Work Day, ICU-Ghana is calling for an immediate end to the entrenchment of casual and contract work beyond the six-month seasonal employment period permitted by the labor laws of the Ghana.
It also opposes the conversion of “decent work” into “precarious work” by some selfish and inconsiderate employers, thus abusing the basic human rights of workers, to illegally maximize profits.
He therefore calls on all labor organizations in Ghana, the Ghana Employers Association, labor authorities and the government to join him in combating what he describes as the relentless exploitation of the workforce. .
ICU-Ghana said, “We will not hesitate to mobilize and work with trade unions across the country to resist any attempt by any employer/organization to thwart efforts to promote the decent work agenda if the relentless exploitation of labor does not stop. .”
He calls on the relevant authorities (i.e. the government through the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations) to clamp down on these anti-nation builders posing as employers and bring fairness and l equality to the structure of employment in Ghana.
“ICU-Ghana stands ready to work with the authorities to name, blame and sanction these exploitative employers to clean up the employment system for the benefit of all stakeholders.” It said.
World Decent Work Day
October 7 is marked each year by the labor movement around the world as the “World Day for Decent Work”, in order to gain support for the implementation and sustainability of “decent work”, i.e. say a job that offers equal pay for equal work; work that provides opportunities for personal development, work that provides future financial security (such as social insurance) for workers, work that provides job security, etc. workers.
In Ghana today, so many jobs have been made “precarious” by the precarious work and contracting regime, which has been imposed on many workers due to the excessive unemployment problems in the country, thus depriving these unfortunate workers future financial security among other deprivations. .
These categories of workers are deprived of their basic human rights to freedom of association and to form or join a trade union for the promotion and protection of their social and economic interests, as provided for in the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and the Labor Laws of Ghana.
The casual, contractual and temporary work scheme, although permitted by the Ghana labor laws for a limited period not exceeding six (6) months and for seasonal employment only, has been entrenched and generalized to such an extent that even some permanent employees are outsourced by some unscrupulous employers to employment agencies and redeploy them to the same organization as casual and/or contract workers with reduced wages/salaries and denial of social insurance (such as SSNIT ) thereby jeopardizing their future financial security.
“This constitutes an unfair labor practice and it must not be allowed to fester any longer.” said ICU-Ghana.
Impact of Covid-19
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which lasted nearly two years before waning, took its toll on many workers as they lost their jobs due to staff attrition by some organizations and , in some cases, the total closure of businesses.
All of this undermined the social insurance and future financial security of workers and compromised their socio-economic interests and protection.
Now that businesses are recovering and there is an opportunity for those who lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic to get their jobs back, “if the precarious work regime is not stopped”, according to the ICU -Ghana, “It would further deteriorate the prospects of these unfortunate workers of ever having future financial security as this repressive labor regime denies them any social insurance and protection for the future.