In the effort to enhance the relationship between management and local unions, Golden Exotics Limited, a leading fruit cultivation firm in the country, has adopted a Labour Management Cooperation (LMC) framework to make their relationship more productive.
The aim of the framework is to enable both management and workers’ union to effectively collaborate in carrying out their respective roles in achieving enhanced productivity and organisational growth.
The adoption of the framework was done through a joint three-day workshop for management members, union leaders, and supervisors on the theme: “Enhancing sound Labour –Management Cooperation: the role of stakeholders.”
The workshop, which was held at Akuse and facilitated by the Gamey and Gamey Group, also aimed at building and sustaining a collaborative working environment to support the vision of the organisation.
The Chief Executive Officer for Golden Exotics, Benedict Rich, in his opening remarks, stressed the need for effective collaboration between management and the workers, saying that would strengthen the operations of the company.
Stressing the importance of the workshop, he said management remained determined to ensure that its actions are in line with the labour regulations, and therefore urged the leadership of the workers to support management in that regard.
The LMC framework, he explained will also go a long way to assist both parties working together in unison to achieve productivity and growth in their business.
Mark Archer, Human Resource Manager of Golden Exotics, for his part, assured that workers that the company would continue to conduct training for staff to enable them to upgrade their skills to support business growth.
Austin Gamey, Chief Executive Officer of Gamey and Gamey Group, who led the facilitation, took participants through the various modules for labour management cooperation and stressed the need for both management and labour unions to be guided by best practices enshrined in the Labour Act 2003, Act 651, in their relationship.
According to him, in accordance with the labour law, both management and labour union need to share relevant information, have an open conversation and resolve workplace disputes amicably using the various forms of mediation.
To guarantee an enhanced labour management cooperation, he said management should adopt a high-quality leadership approach that is geared towards promoting people-driven initiatives, policies, and strategies for business growth and sustenance.
Mr. Gamey further urged management to strengthen the HR department by resourcing it with the requisite tools needed to assist them in building the right structures that will aid them in implementing policies and strategies, as well as effectively monitor performance to ensure productivity.
He also called on the worker’s unions to support the HR department, and desist from the blame game and adversarial behaviors.