Labour Inspectorate Division needs support – Chief Labour Officer

Miss Elizabeth Hagan, Chief Labour Officer, Labour Department of Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, on Wednesday called for support to re-position labour inspectors at workplaces.

“Labour inspection is vital instrument in ensuring good governance in the world of work but is also downplayed and ignored in the society and the inspectorate has become virtually ineffective”, she added.

Miss Hagan made the call at a four-day national training of trainers workshop for labour inspectors and other key partners of the Ministry at Agona Swedru in the Central Region.

The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the role of labour inspectors in compliance oriented labour strategy in Ghana and also to equip labour inspectors with core principles of labour inspections and new approaches.

She noted that staff of the Labour Inspectorate Division needed capacity building to be abreast with current trends, which should be prioritized to make fully the required international standard.

She called for the development of labour inspection data base for effective management of labour inspection for proper supervision.

Miss Sally Sey, Industrial Relation Officer of the Ghana Employers Association said the Association had developed code of conduct on child labour for operators in the informal sector and had also assisted them to form inspection teams to monitor the menace.

She expressed the hope that the workshop would enhance and deepen the knowledge on how to inspect child labour at the community level to eliminate the phenomenon.

Source: GNA

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