On the 23rd February, 2023 the 5th Members of the Commission of the National Labour Commission (N L C) paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice in his office.
The Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah touted the work of the National Labour Commission for living up to its mandate in resolving labour disputes in the country. He said before the establishment of the Commission, the courts were inundated with a number of labour disputes however, with the establishment of the Commission, the paradigm has changed. He added that the Commission has been able to expeditiously resolve a number of labour related cases brought before it.
Justice Anin Yeboah mentioned that the National Labour Commission has brought much relief to the main stream court processes in the adjudication of labour matters. He advised that where need be the Commission should refer some of its decisions to the level of the Supreme Court to allow for interpretation.
He reminded the Commission of the Powers vested in it by the Labour Act to the Commission in its mandate advised members to carry out their duty without fear or favor; but at the same time must ensure fairness to all parties.
Justice Anin Yeboah further assured the Commission of the Judiciary’s support in the performance of its functions.
The Chief Justice tasked the Commission to continue to decentralize its activities in the Regions through the establishment of Regional Committee to ensure that its services are accessible to all manner of persons who may require them.
He concluded that there were equally a good number of people in these areas who cannot easily travel to Accra to be heard.
The Chairman of the Commission Justice Kwabena Asuman Adu (Rtd) a former High Court Judge intimated the Commission’s relationships responding to the Chief Justice statement re-intimated the Commissions relationship with the Judiciary since its establishment.
He said the visit was to pay a courtesy call on his office to discuss matters of concern strengthen the already existing working relationship between the two.
He announced that since the inception of the Commission, it has heard over 15 million cases out of which over 75% have successfully been resolved by it.
The Seven- Member Commission of the 5th Commission of the National Labour Commission has as its members Justice Kwabena Asuman Adu (Rtd) as Chairman, Madam Rose Karikari Annang, Dr Fidelis Patrice Seddoh, Justice Peter Kwabena Ababio Rtd, Mr. Francis K Davoh, Mr Emmanuel Amofa Esq and Mr. Isaac Sackey.
Under Section 172 of the Labour Act, the Commission is enjoined by law to go to the High Court to enforce its decisions whenever a person(s) fails to comply with its direction or order.
Mrs. Rose Karikari Anang Deputy Chairperson of the Commission thanked the Chief Justice for the Judiciary’s continuous support to the Commission.