12 labour unions should learn from coach Kwesi Appiah – Austin Gamey

Labour expert Austin Gamey has used sacked coach Kwesi Appiah’s resort to the NLC as a commendable example of what 12 labour unions should have done instead of resorting to strikes after a serious stand-off with government over the payment of their pensions.

Austin Gamey has congratulated sacked Blacks Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah for dragging the Ghana Football Association to the National Labour Commission, describing his actions as “the most sensible thing to do’.

There are media reports that coach Kwesi Appiah and his lawyers are seeking help from the Labour Commission to get the GFA pay a severance package for wrongfully terminating his 2-year contract after attempts to settle these differences amicably failed.

Kwesi Appiah
Kwesi Appiah is also set to demand for other bonuses, allowances and entitlements.

His resort to the National Labour Commission is in sharp contrast to the path chosen by Public sector workers who have only returned to work after a court ordered them to end an almost two-week strike over their tier two pension funds.

The strike saw the total shut down of public offices, schools and hospitals across the country after several appeals to government by the labour unions fell on deaf ears.

Commenting on the stand-off between government and labour, Austin Gamey condemned the labour unions for going on strike as the first resort.

Austin Gamey
“It is really unfortunate that in the 21 st century today we should still be using strike as the first option,” the former labour activist lamented on Joy TV’s morning show, the AM Show.

Showing great faith in the National Labour Commission, Austin Gamey noted that the NLC can easily resovle this problem because it is “the most flexible, most reasonable and the best system ever to be put together without government interference”

He added that the reason why industrial actions persist despite the setting up of the NLC was because people don’t respect systems and processes in Ghana.

“Clear-cut processes [to resolve conflict] are there”, he pointed out noting that Kwesi Appiah has chosen the right way.

Mr Gamey stressed that “If I have a way, I am a mediator I will go there and assist him (Kwesi Appiah) guide him free of charge because that is the sensible thing to do”

The experienced 65-year old labour expert believed that the impasse between government and labour could have been resolved in 72 hours in the hands of experienced mediators within and outside  the NLC.

“Small matter like this we cannot resolve it, It is so shameful”, he bemoaned. Story by Ghana |Joy News|Mamavi Owusu-Aboagye|[email protected]

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