MINISTER RECEIVES KENYAN NEW COMMISSIONERS
A Five Member Kenyan Government delegation from the Kenyan Salaries and Remuneration Commission has paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah as part of a three days working visit Ghana.
The Commissioners, who are top policy makers in settling, advising and reviewing remuneration and benefits on the Public Sector in Kenya are; Commissioner John Kennedy Munyoncho, Commissioner Peris Ashumbwe, Commissioner Christine Agimba and Mr. David Muthaka (Director for Research, Compliance, Policy and Planning). The Commissioners were appointed by Kenyan government in September, 2018.
The objective of the visit was to share experiences and learn best practices on Employment and Labour Policy especially on Salary Administration in Ghana.
Mr. Ernest Berko, Deputy Director for Policy Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation gave a brief presentation on the overview of the Ministry, its Departments and Agencies; core functions, key activities and challenges.
In response to questions from the Commissioners on management of unemployment in Ghana, the Hon. Minister expressed his delight in their visit and indicated that one of government’s agenda was to minimize the rate of unemployment in the country, thus the introduction of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) was in the right direction. This he said, would equip post National Service graduates to meet the demand of the job market.
Furthermore, Hon. Baffour Awuah stated that government would emphasize more on Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) in order to encourage the youth to enroll in it. He said Ghanaians must change the perception that TVET was meant for unintelligent students. “It is my hope that within the next five years, 50% of Basic School leavers will voluntarily go to Technical and Vocational schools”
Touching on the issue of industrial unrests, he said Ghana has had its own challenges in labour agitations, but the key to solving it is trust. According to him, governments must be willing to sit with Organized Labour to negotiate and understand them. This, he said the Tripartite Committee in Ghana has delivered effectively.
The Hon. Minister added that the leadership of the labour front in Ghana are very knowledgeable and technically astute in salary and industrial issues. They therefore always come to the negotiation table thoroughly prepared to engage government.
The Commissioners applauded the innovative of one-round negotiation method used by Public Services Joint Standing Negotiation Committee (PSJSNC) to Single Spine Salaries instead of the multiple negotiations with different Public Sector Unions as done in Kenya.