Change economic structures to create more jobs – NYC to gov’t

The NYC said revised economic structures will create the needed employment and safeguard the future of the nation.

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The National Youth Committee (NYC) of the Trades Union Congress, (TUC) has called on government to change the structures of the economy from raw material exportation to full scale industrialisation.

This, according to the committee will enable citizens to take advantage of the benefits of the country’s natural resources to churn out the jobs that the youth of Ghana are yearning for.

Chairperson of the NYC, Mr Abdul-Moomin Gbana, said this during a road show to conscientize employers on the need to observe the Labour Act by creating more jobs and decent employment for the youth.

He said majority of the youth worked under very precarious conditions in the informal sector and called on the government to ensure employers at these sector adhered to the provisions in the Labour Act to provide decent work for workers.

Mr Gbana said: “One issue we have observed is maternity for our young women. Some employers turn women away after they resume from maternity leave on the basis of workload in their absence and go ahead to recruit others.”

“As the National Youth Wing of the TUC, we think employment discrimination against women on childbirth should be stopped because it constitutes unfair labour practice on their parts,” he added.

He also complained about “yellowdog” contracts, a new development whereby employers give conditions to existing employees, as well as prospecting ones not to join unions though the Labour Act provides for the right to join unions.

The Deputy Head of Administration and Legal Department (TUC), Ms Freda Frimpong, said the advocacy programme sought to call on government to implement the National Youth Policy to create enabling environment for the youth.

It is also to create awareness, advocate for programmes as well as to educate the young people on the way forward, she said.

She therefore urged private employers to make their labour market conducive and enviable to prevent graduate unemployment.

Source: GNA

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