Ghana’s National Labour Commission (NLC) has launched a Code of Conduct and Rules for Mediators and Arbitrators with the aim of ensuring effectiveness and professionalism in the use of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms in effectively settling labour disputes.
It is part of the Commission’s efforts at advancing its systems and conformity by listed mediators and arbitrators to its rules and procedures in the resolution of cases.
In addition, the Code is intended to provide ADR practitioners a standard of conduct that is acceptable to the disputing parties in the practice of mediation and arbitration under the auspices of the NLC.
It outlines the basic ethical principles, behavior, values and other attributes that must guide the conduct of mediators and arbitrators in the course of their duty.
It provides details of eligibility, qualification, classification of listed mediators and arbitrators, the role of mediators and arbitrators, their mandate, mediation and arbitration process, confidentiality, conflict of interest, post dispute resolution conduct, fees, liability and immunity, NLC supervision, discipline and sanctions that are expected to be observed by the practitioners.
The Code was launched in Accra on Monday at a three day training programme on Mediation and Arbitration Procedures for newly listed mediators and arbitrators of the Commission.
The training session, which is being held in collaboration with the Judicial Training Institute, is expected to sensitize the practitioners on the procedures and the drafting of mediation agreements and arbitration awards.
Launching the Code, Mrs Rose Karikari-Anang, Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, expressed confidence that the Code would serve as a useful guide to all mediators, arbitrators and staff of the NLC, Industrial Relations practitioners and social partners in facilitating, strengthening and deepening the credibility and confidence in the settlement of labour disputes in Ghana.
She noted that a strict adherence to the Code is expected to produce professionalism in the work of practitioners so as to build public confidence in the NLC’s dispute resolution procedures and processes.
“The NLC shall not hesitate to apply sanctions in the event of any breach of the Code,” she stated.
By Edmund Mingle/ adrdaily.com