The Ministry of Labor commits to respect the ILO Declaration on Decent Work
Participants in the meeting.
The Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations (MELR) has expressed its commitment to the instrument of the International Labor Commission (ILO) which provides advice to companies on social policy, inclusive, responsible and sustainable.
As a result, the ministry announced its intention to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders towards the development of businesses capable of growing and creating more jobs.
The director in charge of planning, monitoring and evaluation of policies at MELR, Ms. Emma Ofori Agyeman, who made this known during a meeting between the ILO and the ministry in Accra on October 15, notes that MELR would ensure that companies operating in the country incorporate the ILO Declaration on Decent Work.
âWe play a coordinating role and so what we do is educate these companies about their responsibilities and guide them to incorporate some of these standards into their business growth agenda,â she said.
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The EMN declaration
The Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) is the ILO instrument that provides direct guidance to enterprises on social policy and inclusive, responsible and sustainable working practices.
The purpose of this declaration is to encourage the positive contribution that multinational enterprises can make to economic and social progress and to the achievement of decent work for all; and to minimize and resolve the difficulties that may arise from their various operations.
Its recommendations anchored in international labor standards reflect good practices for all companies, but also underline the role of government in stimulating good company behavior as well as the crucial role of social dialogue.
The training is organized as part of the Trade for Decent Work project sponsored by the European Union (EU).
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Understand the statement
Ms. Agyeman said the meeting created a platform for the ILO to engage ministries, departments and agencies, especially those in the productive sectors, to understand ILO standards.
This, she said, would help them understand the statements and develop strategies for them to be applied to business growth.
âAs a department, we care about business growth; and so if there are good companies in the country that meet the standards, they grow and create more jobs, âshe said.
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International labor standards
The national project coordinator in charge of the Trade for Decent Work project at the ILO, Ghana, Ms. Akua Ofori-Asumadu, observed that the declaration seeks to enforce international labor standards in companies not only multinationals but also national companies.
She said the declaration also aims to highlight corporate social responsibility and promote social dialogue.
This, she said, meant companies needed to create an environment in which employees engage with each other to promote decent work.
âAnd when we talk about decent work, we are talking about international labor standards in terms of how an employee is projected in the workplace.
âThis includes equal pay for equal work, the same hours of work, the elimination of child labor and gender parity. “