Business News of 2014-05-31

Private security companies cheating workers

The General Secretary of the Union of Private Security Employers of Ghana (UPSEG), Nana Kofi Adu II, has expressed worry about private security companies failing to meet to negotiate salaries of their employees since 2010 when the agreement expired.

He said most Managing Directors boycott their meeting with the General Secretary thus, most issues are not tackled as expected.

Nana Adu told a press conference in Accra that trade union leaders had for the past five years introduced a health policy that allows members of the Union to visit the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Clinic for free treatment with a form picked from the office.

He said a life insurance scheme, which was introduced since last August to support members of the union, offers Ghc2,000 to the family of a member who dies through an accident, G1000 to a member who suffers a major injury, Ghc500 to a member who suffers a minor injury and Ghc300 to the family of a member who dies naturally.

He said every member was entitled to pay a minimum amount of Ghc70p every month to benefit from all the benefits that are attached to the insurance policy.

He said non- registered private security companies which cannot be located by the Ministry of the Interior as their major problem adding that the operators of those companies are military and police officers because “they in the area where labour law does not exist and so fail to appreciate the labour law in Ghana.”

Nana Adu made it know that, trade unions are established to liaise with management to create a sustainable working environment for their members.

He said there was the need to have representatives in the various companies to report on issues to the head office to enable them solves problems concerning the union on time.

He stated that the union will team up with the management of the companies to educate members on their rights and responsibilities.

“Trade unions are to work in collaboration with all partners and stakeholders in the field of industrial relations to ensure that individuals and household under its jurisdiction are adequately informed about their rights under the labour law," he said.