Ghana government seeks to set time limits to strikes

The government of Ghana is seeking to push a legislation to set limits to the number of days that public sector workers can embark on a strike action, Minister of Employment and Labor Relations Haruna Iddrisu said Wednesday.

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Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu

He said the attitude of going on strike in perpetuity or indefinite was not acceptable anywhere in the world, adding that he would go to parliament sooner to limit the number of days the government could tolerate or accommodate a strike action.

“We are examining it with the Attorney General’s office and when we are ready, we should head towards parliament to strengthen the labor law. We will continue to respect the right to strike and the right for workers to drive home their demands through strike action but there must be a limit as to how long you can be on a strike action because of its cost and consequence to productivity and the delivery of public goods and services.”

The West African country has been inundated with strike actions from a section of the working populace such as the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Government and Hospitals Pharmacists Association of Ghana, and the Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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