Regional News of 2014-07-23

Employers Association calls Organised Labour’s bluff

The Ghana Employers Association has warned employees from joining en masse the intended demonstration of Organised Labour.
According to the Association, the demonstration should not disrupt normal business activities in the country.
“Some of the employees can attend, and others can stay behind and work,” the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Employers’ Association, Alex Frimpong, told TV3’s Daniel Opoku in an interview on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Mr Frimpong’s warning comes in contrast to a directive given last Friday by Organised Labour that all employees including media personnel should join the nationwide demonstration on Thursday to register disapproval of government’s “insensitivity” to the woes of the ordinary Ghanaian.
A meeting held on Monday, July 21 between government officials and leadership of Organised Labour to find a consensus ended inconclusive.
An emergency National Tripartite Committee meeting has, therefore, been called to find a way forward.
“I am currently seeking good advice on how to handle that,” Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Haruna Iddrissu told TV3.
The employers’ association has also indicated it will make a strong showing at the meeting to “as partners be able to engage in talks”.
“We have had some discussion with the leadership of Organised Labour.”