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and private security employees are counter productive -ICE Tema, Oct 09. GNA - The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) has expressed grave concern about the continuous exploitation of casual workers and private security employees at some workplace, as a means of maximising profits.

It described these attitudes and practices as counter productive and not in keeping with the new Labour Law of the country. Mr. Morgan Ayawine, Principal Industrial Relations Officer of ICU, who expressed these concerns on behalf of the Union therefore, urged the Ghana Employers Association to, as a matter of urgency, advise such employers to desist from such acts.

He was speaking at the closing session at the end of a three-day seminar for 35 Union officers and shop stewards drawn from various companies in Tema.

It was to expose the participants to understand and appreciate the implications of the new Labour Law.

They were taken through various disciplines including grievance handling, collective bargaining, ethics and a new methodology needed to ensure good worker/management relationship at work places.

Mr. Ayawine attributed the current peaceful industrial atmosphere at workplaces to the aggressive educational seminars the Union organised for its members.

He however, regretted that some employers use absence of those members for such programmes to mistreat them by refusing to pay salaries to cover the number of days that the workers attend seminars even though they were granted permission by management.

He advised the participants to redouble their efforts towards increased productivity and to use the knowledge and experience they have acquired for the realisation of company goals.

Mrs Lucy Adepa, from the Educations Department of ICU stated that it was the policy of ICE to bring education to the doorsteps of its members, hence the need for such programmes.

She said it was the third of its kind and also to ensure that members become conversant with the new Labour Act. The course prefect, Mr Osei Bonsu admitted that their three-day training had been successful and assured the organises that members would impact their knowledge to those who could not have the opportunity to attend the course.

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