Ghana and the Royal Republic of Netherlands have agreed to exchange ideas on Social dialogue and Labour related issues. The decision was made when the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah paid a working visit to the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Ronald Strilker at the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Accra on Wednesday, 4th September, 2019.
Outlining the reasons for his official visit, Hon. Baffour Awuah said, Ghana intends to learn successful Social dialogue practices and Labour union activities from the Netherlands.
The Minister said Ghana’s tripartite body has enjoyed effective collaboration and intends to move beyond Tripartism to leverage the new changes in the world of work for which the Netherlands represents best practice.
Consequently, a delegation from Ghana’s Tripartite body will soon visit the Netherlands as participants in a social Dialogue conference to learn and share ideas with their counterparts there.
On his part, Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah, the Secretary General of the TUC, declared his union’s support for the process to enable Ghana tap from the Netherlands’ success story. He assured everyone that his union is ready to cooperate with other members of the tripartite body to avoid labour unrest and to address the new changes in the world of work.
Dr. Anthony Baah revealed that, Ghana’s Trade Union Congress has a working collaboration with the Mondiaal Federatie Netherlandse Vakverbong (FNV) and urged the two nations to scale up to the National level.
Mr. Alexander Frempong, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Employers Association also supported the idea of tapping from the Netherlands’ Social Dialogue arrangements and gave his Association’s support. He also revealed that, the Ghana Employers Association already has sister relations with the Dutch Employers cooperation and expressed the hope that the two Governments would seal it at the top level.
In his response, H.E. Ronald Strilker, the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, said he was elated to receive the Minister and his delegation. He said the Netherlands recognizes Social dialogue as a cornerstone of socio-economic development.
Ambassador Strilker added that, the Netherlands knows the usefulness of Social dialogue and believes that explains why strikes are rare in the Netherlands.
He assured the Minister that the Netherlands government is ready for the Ghanaian delegation and that he will personally arrange some meetings between the Ghanaian delegation and other Social dialogue institutions when they eventually get to the Netherlands.