In the socio- economic growth and overall development of Ghana, we cannot forget to mention the virtuoso character of foreign investors and employers as well as the multi-national organizations, who should be undeniably attributed to the improved living conditions and overall development in Ghana.
Foreign direct investment played a vital role in providing employment opportunities to Ghanaian people and Ghanaian government recognizes this importance of foreign investment and passed laws to encourage foreign investment to make a friendly environment in Ghana for foreigner investors, but in return the situation is quite worse when we find out the other side of the picture where local employees subject to abuses and the labor laws and human rights are fully violated by the foreign employers.
Though this side of the picture is not occurring to our eyeball properly and primly, but it is true that Ghanaian employees are treated inhumanely. Foreign Employers regularly abused the local employees in terms of verbally, psychologically and even physiologically.
Reported cases of Ghanaian employees being abused and treated inhumanely by foreign employers both in formal and informal sectors of the economy.
Report of Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU)
In this regard the study of Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) strengthen this point of view and stated that almost all foreign employers always abuse the Ghanaian employees.
This survey disclosed that the Chinese, Lebanese and Indian employers are the worst abusers of workers as well guilty for demolishing workers’ rights.
According to the General Secretary of the ICU, Solomon Kotei, the foreign employers violate Labor Act 2003’s Section 75. They have also demolish The International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 100, which ask for equal payments for equal work, as well as ILO Convention 111, which detest discrimination in employment and occupation.
General Secretary of ICU, Solomon Kotei, stated this in Accra on Tuesday while he was giving the speech at a World Precarious Workers Day.
The study conducted by ICU revealed that, big portion of the multi-national companies utilizing the new tricks and techniques for exploiting Ghanaian employee’s rights and depriving them of their benefits and cashing the employee’s ignorance about the benefits that they are entitled to.
This study also finds out the tactics employed by the foreign employers to get financial benefits. The Study cited that employers, mostly hire a staff of temporary bases with the intention to save certain benefits expenditures, these benefits include medical facility, pension facility and sick leave facility.
ICU report also noted that the local employees have no alternative than to admit the offer of employers because Ghana is suffering with high degree of unemployment
Cases of Abusive Behavior and Violation of Human Rights
This study further discloses the reality where Chinese among all foreigners captured as more abusive to native Ghanaian construction labor Bui Dam Site.
Ghanaian Employees Abused
The mining sector is mainly managed by the foreign companies and this sector reported many cases of human rights and labor law violations.
One case against the Goldfields Ghana Limited which is managing the Tarkwa and Damang mines reported, where 3000 employees threatened the company to go on work stoppage against the racial discrimination, cheating and pay no attention to their well-being.
Further the employees who faced all this disclosed that native workers are allotted shabby houses where the foreigners were housed in well-established houses. They also revealed that the native workers of Ghana are not allowed to use the other facilities included a gym, club and restaurants of mines.
Reasons of Abuses and Violations
The question arises here that why foreigners abused the native workers and disregard their welfares?
The main reason behind all these happenings is just the high unemployment rate in Ghana. Employers know that the labor is compelled to work in any environment and condition due to the menace of unemployment so employers take advantage of the situation and use tactics to save expenditure and cut down employee’s remunerations and do not provide them welfare facilities. Against all this the Ghanaian workers in this disturbing situation remain silent rather than stand against this and will subsequently dismiss from a job.
Alarmingly, in this scenario, the abused Ghanaian worker will rather want to be a ”well fed slave than to be a hungry free man”.
Further the foreigners also facing a lot of pressure of worse economic climate so sometime they in an attempt to off load this pressure and get released they become abusive with workers and Ghanaian workers become the victims unfortunately. Abusive behavior mostly includes the hostile and unethical communication towards the Ghanaian employees.
Another reason of these violations is that the large number Ghanaian employees are unaware about their rights and responsibilities as well as not informed about labor acts.
Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) in this regard appealed to the President John Dramani Mahama to address this problem through the Ministry of employment and labor relations.
The Union also requested to the government for legislation on the law of tax regarding overtime work to motivate workers to willingly accept the overtime work to do.
Further, the government must ensure the implementation of the laws and regulations of land to adopt and violators should deal strictly and get punished and sanctioned according to the law.
Ghanaian Employees Being Abused By Foreign Employers
Trade Union Congress and Industrial and Commercial Workers Union work to ensure the National Labor Act, especially the provision which specifically demands that the temporary workers must be regularized after six months continuous work.
Workers unions and associations have to plan some workshops and seminars to educate and aware their members about the labor rights and responsibilities. In this regard media can also be used to highlight the issues of labor acts and rights violations and form a public opinion regarding this issue through the advocacy and education.
Foreign employers should focus on the human rights and welfare of their employees toward them more as compared to economic profit in order to gain more benefits out of their Ghanaian employees.
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