The Ghana Hotels Association has organised its maiden open dialogue platform in Accra to discuss issues of mutual interest and engage stakeholders within the industry.
The theme for the event, “Ensuring Harmony between Employers and Employees in the Hotel Sector, the role of collective Bargaining Agreement” engaged key resource persons from the labor union, labor law expects and renowned tourism practitioners to discuss and dialogue on issues relating to employer and employee relationship.
The president of the Ghana Hotels Association,Dr. Ackah Nyamekye, indicated in his opening remarks that the purpose of the dialogue is also to congregate ideas from industry players and experts to ensure harmony between employers and employees which, he believes, contribute significantly to the performance of the hotel industry in Ghana.
According to him, he paid series of courtesy calls, together with his executives, on some stakeholders where it was suggested that there are various issues concerning a collective bargaining agreement which is hampering performance of the hotels as well as sustaining the performance and growth of the industry.
He said based on these concerns, the leadership thought it prudent to organize this dialogue section in order to identify common grounds to ensure a cordial working relationship between the employers and employees.
He said: “The collective bargaining agreement is a contract which contains the terms of employment and conditions of service as agreed by employers and employees during negotiation. The 1992 constitution and labor act 2003 governs collective bargaining in Ghana, it is expected that employers and employees will make reasonable effort to reach an agreement and it’s expected that this agreement will serve as the guiding principle in determining what is befitting of an employee at all times and must also be in the interest of the employers.”
Mr. John Aboradze Hayfron, Director of the Professional and Managerial Staff Union of the Industrial and Commercial workers Union (ICU) said: “The collective bargaining agreement can also be considered the lifeblood of the trade unionism and it is the main purpose for which workers from a union”.
He believes that bargaining on the workers’ side should be done by an elected committee which can act as a contracting party representing the interest of all union members.
He added that collective bargaining provides voice to the workers and in doing so has the potential to enhance working conditions, increase productivity, reduce inequality and help minimize industrial conflict.
Other speakers and dignitaries at the event were Mr. Samson Shivalu Marshal, General Manger, Alisa Hotel, Mr. Kinsley Amuah of Ghana Employers Association, Mr. Kofi Adinkrah, as well as Prof. Kwaku Boakye Head of Department, Hospitality and Tourism Department, University of Cape Coast who facilitated the discussion.
The Hotels Association intends to organize series of this dialogue section in their determination to seek the interest of both employees and employers within the sector to enhance growth and productivity.