Some employers in the country have hinted of a possible layoff of their staff if the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak in the country does not improve soon.
Speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News, the Chief Executive of Ghana Employers Association, Alex Frimpong said the association is engaging various trade unions in the country to strike a balance on the issue. He warned however that if measures are not put in place to support businesses, employers might be forced to lay off workers.
“In times like this you are likely to engage the unions and the stakes are very high and you can expect a lot of challenges along the way. I’m sure they realize that these are matters that were not within the contemplation of any business. Under these circumstances I’m sure and in that context, reasonableness will prevail and then we should be able to strike a balance. The last thing any business wants to do is to layoff so let’s see how it pans out…I’m sure maybe that will be the last resort by way of engaging discussions to lay off employees,” he revealed.
Executive Secretary of Ghana Association of Savings and Loans, Tweneboah Kodua is also calling for some form of protection for businesses from the Labour Commission in reviewing the conditions of workers in this period.
According to him, if the pandemic continues they may have to cut down on operational costs, a measure which may see some workers go home for the business to continue running.
“If this continues and people are not able to pay their loans, but you have to continue to accrue interests on deposits, then you need to cut down some operational costs. And one of the operational costs you can cut down is personnel,” he said.
“So already when people are made to go home, you are reducing some electricity bill at the same time now people are not coming to work so you’re not going to pay for their transportation. But we do not want to get that point. We as a nation should start looking at all those things,” he added.