Human Resource Managers drawn from both public and private institutions have completed a two-day training programme on the effective implementation of the Labour Act and the ADR Act to ensure a peaceful work environment.
Organized by the Gamey and Gamey Group on the theme, “Weaving the Labour Act 2003, (Act 651) and ADR Act 2010, (Act 798) into the fabric of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Industrial Relations Management (IRM),” the programme shed light on how HR and IR Managers could effectively combine the two laws to promote effective management-labour relations, as well as peaceful work environment.
The lead facilitator for the training workshop, Mr Austin Gamey, a high profile labour expert, reiterated that when the fundamentals and applications of the Labour Act, which provides the framework for effective and cohesive relationship between management and labour, and the ADR Act, which also dwells on facilitating an amicable resolution of labour dispute and workplace differences are well understood by HR practitioners, implementation becomes easier.
Speaking to ADR Daily after programme, the Head of HR at GHL Bank, Tetteh Mamah described the workshop as very practical and beneficial.
“The workshop is very practical and an eye opener, and it just tell you what you must do as an HR manager to ensure that both divide are equally catered for; the management side what they expect from the employees, and the employees side what they expect from management. So a proper middle path or a compromise position is key, and once you get that right by using the skills we have been taught here, you will end up creating a harmonious environment and the organization stands to benefit a lot,’ he said.
Ibrahim Seidu, National Secretary for the Ghana Revenue Authority Workers Union (GRAWU), also told ADR DAILY that the training workshop has improved knowledge on negotiation through the consideration of the Labour Act.
“I have learnt a lot. It has helped me identify ways to improve my dealings with management. I have also learnt about the mode of language during meeting with management, and applicability of the labour law,” he stated
A legal practitioner with BN Legal, Lesley Brown, described the workshop as “very informative” in view of legal background.
“I have learnt how to relate to people. As lawyers, we feel that when there is a conflict, the first thing that comes to mind is to rush to court, but from this course I have learn how to solve conflicts internally. There are informal ways of resolving conflicts so with what I have learnt here, I will be able to advise my clients in the near future when they come to me,’ she said.
Benjamin Nana Appiah/www.adrdaily.com