An Associate of Bentsi-Echill, Letsa & Ankomah, Mrs Dzifa Vanderpuye, has called for extensive deliberations between employers and employees in times of disruption. Business in Ghana and beyond are in times of disruption as the world is dealing with the novel conoravirus pandemic.
This, she explained that in such an era where business operations had slowed down, it would be appropriate for employers and employees to constantly engaged to ensure transparency. She said it was necessary for employers to engage the employees on decisions being taken to rescue the company in times of crisis.
“In other to obtain the employees consent you have to consult and engage them and I think one way to get employees to buy into the changes that you need to make is to be transparent to them and negotiate in good faith,” she noted.
Speaking on the panel of the Graphic Talks 360, an online thought leadership discussion programme organised by the Graphic Business on Tuesday June 18, 2020 on the topic, “Rescuing employment contracts in times of disruption”, she noted that if the process for making changes was open, it would be easier to get employees to agree to the varying their terms of employment contract.
“Transparency, openness, communication and responsiveness are very important and parties must negotiate in good faith,” she said. She said any changes to the employment contract made by an employer must have reasonable details adding, “it is best to notify employees before making changes.”