The Trades Union Congress (TUC) of Ghana has launched an innovative on-line platform to receive workers' complaints on workplace issues on minimum wage.
The platform was made possible by the Wage Indicator Foundation of the Netherlands with, support from the TUC, Ghana Employers Association, National Labour Commission and the Ghana Federation of Labour.
In his remarks at the launch in Accra, yesterday, a representative of the Secretary-General of the TUC, Togbe Adom Drayi II, said Ghanaian workers would, for the first time, be able to use an on-line system to launch complaints on minimum wage compliance at their workplace.
Togbe Adom Drayi II said the objective of the on-line system was to make the processes of complaints easier and also to help alleviate the plight of those working individuals, whose rights were being abused.
He said the complaints form would focus on the two most pressing problems working people faced, namely the non-payment of minimum wages and working for too long hours.
According to Togbe Drayi, all one needed to do was to look up the form online, fill it up and submit it either to the National Labour Commission or the Labour Department on mywage.org/Ghana and Africanpay.org/Ghana.
He noted that over 40% of workers, particularly those in the informal sector, earned below the national minimum wage, adding that workers were also made to work excessively for long hours without overtime allowances.
He said the Wage Indicator Foundation was launched in 2001 to contribute to a more transparent labour market for workers and employers.
Source: ISD (Charlotte Dela Doe)