Opanin Patrick Obeng-Fosu, former Chief Labour Officer and author, who launched the book titled ‘Industrial relations in Ghana’, said it was a collection of lectures he has delivered since he was appointed the Chief Labour Officer in 1991.
Opanin Obeng-Fosu said the book was a collection of 68 lectures that covered the law and practice of industrial relations from Gold Coast to Ghana, adding that the lecture notes also covers all aspects during the colonial, civilian and military era.
The topics include: The History, Origin and structure of the International Labour Organisation; Industrial Relations Practice in Ghana during the Pre and Post Independent Era; The Legal and Institutional Framework of Industrial Relations; Tripartism and The Roles of the Social Partners in Industrial Relations; The Labour Act 2003 (Act, 651); Causes and Management of Industrial Disputes; and Mechanism of Industrial Disputes.
Opanin Obeng-Fosu explained that the book is expected to help practitioners, students and lecturers as a guideline because of its in depth information.
Mr Austin Gamey, Chief Executive Officer of Gamey and Gamey Academy, who chaired the occasion, urged lecturers to patronise the book to instill discipline in students and bring about productivity, indicating that employers in the private and public sectors would have to learn to consult and be guided to maintain mutual relations with employees to arrest strike actions.
Dr Yaw Baah, Deputy General Secretary of Trade Union Congress noted that the topics are relevant for the study and practice of labour relations in Ghana and therefore recommended the books to trade unionist, employers and students of labour relations.