Local unions have been urged to efficiently manage the expectation of workers in the implementation of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) to ensure industrial harmony.
According to Mr Samuel Ananga, Volta Regional Officer of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), although unions have the responsibility to promote the interests of workers, their expectations must also be managed.
He said because the expectations of workers often rise, especially during negotiations between unions and management, the local union leaders need to guide those expectations.
In an interview with ADR Daily on the sidelines of the CBA finalisation event between management and the local union of Vegpro Ghana Limited at Akuse on Wednesday, Mr Ananga said the unions need to ensure realistic expectation of workers.
“One thing about negotiations is how to manage expectations.
“Workers always expect skyrocketing benefits, but it is for the union leaders to manage those expectations so that any agreement below their expectations would not create industrial unrest,” he said.
In managing the expectations, union leaders need to explain to workers about the essence of the survival of the company for them to understand the need to ensure that their demands do not adversely affect the existence of the company.
“The workers need to understand that even as we want our share of the cake, we need the company to survive and stay in business to continue feeding us,” she said.
He commended the leadership of the local union and management of Vegpro Ghana Limited for the successful completion and adoption of their CBA and prayed for its effective implementation for the benefit of the company and workers.
By Nii Adotey/adrdaily.com