here is an African proverb that says - “knowledge is like the baobab tree; No one person can embrace it”. This proverb also tries to tell us that human wisdom is so great that it would be presumptuous and probably arrogant of any one person to claim to have mastered it all.
The ICU, believing fully the truth of this proverb, as a tradition, organises training workshop for its Industrial Relation Officers, referred to as field officers, at least once in a year in issues of trade unionism that are very relevant to their work.
This year the focus will be on three main items – How to prepare effective collective agreement for members , Understanding the Labour Act 651 of 2003 and the New Pension Scheme that is going to be introduced to the Ghanaian worker. The problems that the Scheme has generated calls for the need to properly educate these field officers on everything that there is to know about the scheme to appropriately disseminate the information to their members when they fall on them on the matter.
At meeting it was agreed that the first week of the month of September 2009 will be most appropriate for the seminar. Resource persons from the National Labour Commission (NLC), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and some legal personnel will be invited to help make the seminar a success. The venue is Kumasi, the garden city of Ghana.
The Education and Research Department of ICU has been charged with the organisation and coordination of the Seminar. In all over 30 field officers from all the 10 Regions of Ghana are expected to participate in the seminar.