The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, has made a strong case for workers to resort to dialogue in addressing challenges they face at their places of work.
This he says will create the congenial environment for both employers and employees to thrive.
According to him, government to this end is committed to improving workplace conditions to generate the needed output in the alignment of government’s policies and interventions.
Mr, Baffour-Awuah made the call when he delivered an address on behalf of the President, at the 50th anniversary of Mim Senior High School in the Ahafo Region.
“Government is working assiduously to provide more resources to you, improve your working conditions and ensure that support systems and social protection services are readily available in order for you to deliver on your mandate. This we believe will help translate our policies into significant education outcomes that will subsequently impact the labour market for sustained economic growth. I wish to emphasize the importance of social dialogue in our world of work today. Social dialogue is a powerful tool for addressing most challenges we face in our working life. We cannot take for granted, the relative industrial peace and labour front tranquility prevailing currently among the various stakeholders within the education sector.”
Mim SHS challenges
On his part, the headmaster of the Mim Senior High School, James Koduah, noted that in spite of the achievements of the school, it is still confronted with challenges that have affected smooth academic work.
“The school with its ever increasing population has no Assembly hall. The only dining hall that doubles as an assembly hall is in a deplorable state and needs urgent refruishment. Again, the school needs an adminstration block that befits the population of the students and also to provide adminstrative offices. The roads in the school are not tarred. They get muddy whenever it rains making movement in the school very difficult. Further more, the schools buses and pick-ups have broken down. The few that are partly movable always break down on the road and huge sums of money are used in reparing those vehicles- thus making the school’s financial burden to increase. The school does not have adequate masters’ bungalows. I therefore appeal to parents and other stakeholders to contribute their widows mite towards the education of tehir words and not leave everything to the government.”