Friday, May 10, 2013

Workers need to be motivated to do their best, says Gambia Trade and Employment Minister

By Lamin Jahateh

Employers must always understand that workers, being an integral part of their production processes, need motivation to do their best in a production setup, the Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment has said.

Hon. Kebba Touray argues that motivation exists when workers feel recognised, respected, and are given ample opportunity to develop their careers.
“Recognition, respect, and opportunities for career development are largely traceable to social dialogue, an embodiment of negotiation, consultation, information-sharing, and decent work,” the Trade Minister said in a statement read on his behalf by Mass Axi Gaye, Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources, on 1 May during the Workers’ Day commemoration held at the July 22nd Square in Banjul.   

The Trade Minister said employers should always make themselves available to workers for consultation, negotiation, and convergent and conclusive discussion of mutually beneficial matters, including in-house or on-the-job training. 
Also, he said employers should ensure that workers are commensurately rewarded for their efforts and always assured of a healthy and safe work environment.

For the secretary general of Gambia National Trade Union Congress, Ebrima Garba Cham, a large chunk of the workforce in the country is working under poor working conditions. 
Workers are being exploited by unscrupulous employers such as unlawful terminations, unfair redundancies, unpaid accumulated annual leave, unremitted social security contributions, and harassments.

He calls on the government to pay particular attention to workers in both the formal and informal sectors.

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