“But we have a situation in Ghana where employees are very, very lazy. They get to work very late and they want to close very early. Even when it is not holiday, they want to enjoy holiday. Anytime there is a little opportunity to lazy about Ghanaian [workers] want to do that”
“If you go into the Labour Act, employees do not only have rights, they also have obligations. The rights of the employee are not absolute. The enjoyment of [employee] rights is all subject to the protection of the right of others. When you are an employee in a company the right of that company is to enjoy maximum profit; high productivity.
When [an employee is expected to come to work at a particular time he must report at that time.
“But we have a situation in Ghana where employees are very, very lazy. They get to work very late and they want to close very early. Even when it is not holiday, they want to enjoy holiday. Anytime there is a little opportunity to lazy about Ghanaian [workers] want to do that”, Francis-Xavier said.
He was speaking Tuesday on PM Express news analysis programme that airs on Joy News channel on Multi TV.
The late evening show discussed human right abuses and poor remuneration by employers – especially foreign employers – that some Ghanaian workers have been facing for many years.
The issue was chosen for discussion following recent news of maltreatment of Ghanaian workers at two companies owned by foreign nationals – Peterpan Restaurant and Gateway Logistics Limited.
Chief Executive Officer of Peterpan Restaurant, a Korean eatery operating in Accra, Young Gyu Lee, was charged recently with assault by police in Accra, for allegedly slapping one of his Ghanaian employees with hot pizza.
Also, an employee of Gateway Logistics was chained to a tree weeks ago by his Italian supervisor, Manlio Maggiorotto, for loitering around during working hours.
The Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) has condemned the incidents, while the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says it is investigating the two cases.
Speaking on PM Express hosted by Nana Ansah Kwao IV, Francis-Xavier said until Ghanaian workers strive for excellence in their work output, the fight against human right abuses would be lost.
“Not until we as individuals are willing to take personal obligation over our lives and personal obligation over what we do so that we can excel in them, I think we are getting nowhere,” he said.
A labour consultant and an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner who was also on the show however notes that the country's laws account for the abuses against Ghanaian workers by their foreign bosses.
Ben Arthur said at core of the problem is the way Ghana has not been able to enforce certain its investment laws.
He cited the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865 as an example of an investment law that contains loopholes which fuel abuse by foreign nationals on Ghanaian workers.