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11.02.2009 Business & Finance

Workers advised to acquaint themselves with labour laws


Alhaji Ahmed Iddrisu Adam, Acting

Northern Regional Secretary of the Ghana Trades Union Congress

(GTUC) has advised workers to acquaint themselves with labour laws,

especially Act 651 of 2003, to promote work place relationship.

Alhaji Adam explained that it was necessary for every worker to

know the labour laws, so that they would not indulge in acts that would

infringe on work place norms, that could cause them their dismissals,

he told the GNA in an interview in Tamale on Wednesday.

He explained that, the new labour law, Act 651, is a consolidation of

all pieces of labour laws in the country, some of which had been in

existence since independence.
Alhaji Adam said labour issues were paramount in the development

of work place environment
He said workshops were organized in 13 districts in the Northern

Region in the past two years, with funding from the BUSAC Fund to

educate workers about the labour law, Act 651 of 2003.

The districts are, East Mamprusi, West Mamprusi,

Savelugu/Nanton, Tamale Metropolis, Tolon/Kumbungu, West Gonja,

Nanumba North, Bole, East Gonja, Yendi, Zabzugu/Tatale, Saboba and

Gushiegu Districts.
He said before the introduction of the new labour law, several laws

existed but workers had no access to them, hence the need to organize

workshops and open forums on radio to explain the law them.

He said some GTUC leadership in the past embark on guess work

to address labour problems, and explained that after the release of Act

651 of 2003, leadership of the TUC were now in the position to

address workers’ problems.
He commended the BUSAC Fund for the enormous support it had

given to strengthen the TUC in the Northern Region, to enable them to

educate workers on labour issues.
Alhaji Adam expressed the hope that problems associated with

workers with regards to their employers would be addressed amicably.