Discrimination against union members and leaders: Jonas Koranteng-Smart from the Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance Workers (UNICOF) affiliated to the Ghana Trades Union Congress was dismissed on 5 June 2012 for sending an email to unionised staff about the discussions of the 38th Annual General Meeting of the Merchant Bank Ghana.

Fifteen workers at Mobicrane Limited, an oil and gas service provider based in Takoradi, were dismissed in February 2013 for attempting to join the General Transport and Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union.

No effective remedy for violations: Despite a decision by the National Labour Commission, the Merchant Bank Ghana failed to reinstate Jonas Koranteng-Smart.

Exclusion of workers from the right to join a union: The Financial, Business and Services Employees Union (FBSEU) submitted the rules and constitution of its Standing Negotiating Committee to the Parliamentary Service Board. The Parliamentary Service Board refused however to register the rules and constitution arguing that workers of the Parliamentary Service did not have the right to join a union. The FBSEU petitioned the National Labour Commission which then asked both parties to sign the rules within 21 days. The Parliamentary Service Board failed to comply with the order and hence the Commission filed an enforcement process in the High Court. The matter is before the courts.

This is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.