Stakeholders urged to learn the tenets of negotiation in reaching consensus on labour issues
Mr Austin Gamey, CEO of Gamey and Gamey Group and a Labour Consultant have advised stakeholders to develop the art and science of negotiation to reach a consensus to help in the attainment of industrial peace in the country.
According to him, in reaching consensus in labour relations all stakeholders should learn to listen to each other and failure to do that there will be unrest because both parties failed to an agreement.
He explained that in settling labour relation issues, the Ministers of State in charge should put on the heart of a manager who is meeting their union leaders.
”During such meetings with the unions, the Minister must not see himself as a Minister because they are all at a roundtable to have a conversation to enable them to reach a consensus, so therefore, there is no need to impose but deliberate and agree” he added.
Mr Gamey advised on Freedom Radio’s ‘’Yen Man’’ show hosted by Kwaku Aboagye Apenteng when he reacted to the government and the UTAG strike impasse.
Indicating that, UTAG is on strike because the Minister is putting the heart of a Minister and not AS an employer.
‘’We must learn to humble ourselves, humility in labour relations is what saves the situation, explaining that, if one party want to be too high, then all the other parties will come high and fight against ‘’ he said.
Touching on, Section 97 of the Labour Law which seeks to stress the need to share information with workers, Mr Gamey said this will enable smooth understanding with all parties to avoid constant demands.
He charged the Ministry of Employment not to wait till the last minute when things are almost collapsed before they call striking unions to the roundtable for a discussion, indicating that, ‘’if they wait till the last minute the meeting won’t be productive’’.
In his concluding message, he said labour unrest will only become a problem if stakeholders fail to handle it well, advising that, there is the need to seek help from experienced people who have vast knowledge in labour-related issues.
Source: Kwame Akoto/ freedomradiogh.com