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GCCI accelerates training on Labour laws

Sep 23, 2016, 10:30 AM

The Gambia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Employers’ Association (GCCI) in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Emanic Consulting Co. Ltd, has held the second batch of its two-set Training of Trainers workshop on the ‘GCCI Employers’ Guide on the Labour Laws of The Gambia’.

The two-day workshop, held at the GCCI Secretariat/conference room on Wednesday and Thursday (21 and 22 September 2016), was the second of two batches of participants trained on the country’s labour laws.

Drawn from trade unions, business associations and firms, GCCI Employers’ Committee and the GCCI Business Development and Corporate Service personnel, the participants, about 25 of them, like the previous batch, are expected to embark on training other staff members of their companies, associations and firms on the labour laws of The Gambia.

 “The GCCI Employers’ Guide on the Labour Laws of The Gambia was developed by GCCI in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation and through the engagement of the services of Emanic Consulting Company,” said GCCI Employers’ Committee Chairman Sulayman Joof, in his opening remarks on the TOT workshop.

The Guide, launched in May 2016 at the GCCI Secretariat, summarises the various Acts (Women’s Act 2010, Labour Act 2007, the Social Security Act 2010, etc.) that encompass employment laws of The Gambia applicable to businesses, the public sector and all employees.

However, to further ensure that the contents of the guide were implemented by employers and as part of efforts to encourage compliance with workplace rules and policies, the TOT was proposed by the GCCI and supported again by the ILO, Mr Joof said.

“The Training will prepare trainers towards sensitization and advocacy on labour/ industrial relations within the private sector and also equip trainers on the various acts and how they should be in congruence with workplace policy.”

As direct beneficiaries of the training, trainers are expected to train employees of their respective institutions or associations on the lessons learnt and best practices.

Mr Joof also said as a monitoring and evaluation mechanism, the GCCI will conduct consultative meetings or peer visits with trainers to generate feedback on the aftermath of the training courses.

“GCCI and its Employers’ Committee will continue to play is advocacy role, as well as continue to organise sessions such as these for private sector businesses,” he added.

Mr Joof thanked the ILO office for the support rendered in organizing the training, which he said “will be beneficial for employers as well as employees”.

In her remarks on the occasion, GCCI Business Development Director Sarata Conateh, stated the importance of the training, saying it greatly enhances knowledge of the labour laws of The Gambia, and understanding between employees and employers.

In his statement on the occasion, SamPierre Mendy of Emanic Consulting Co. Ltd exphasised the importance and objectives of the training workshop, saying it would improve competency and behavioural attitudes of participants.

He also delivered several papers on the training which included employer/employee cordial relations for a more effective private sector, and the Labour Act 2007 aspects that deal with industrial disputes – Legal Platforms of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms and Processes, employers/employee rights and obligations.

“We want to ensure the implementation of the Labour Laws Guide Book, as well as to equip employers with the various Acts in the law,” said GCCI’s Director of Corporate Services Beatrice Mboge, who chaired the sessions.

At the end of the TOT workshop, all 25 participants were awarded certificates.