A labour advocacy organisation is campaigning against proposals from some labour experts to have government pass laws so that employers would pay women on maternity leave from their pensions contributions.
The Labour Rights Institute (LRI), a labour advocacy organisation, has said laws that would allow employers to pay nursing mothers from their own pensions contributions would be very discriminatory.
LRI explains that the suggestion is a subtle attempt to blackmail the country into accepting the argument made by some employers that it is unfair to pay people who were currently not working.
Some employers are also known to say that productivity and hence profit, is affected when women are on maternity leave.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by Mohammed Affum, executive coordinator of LRI, suggested that if the plan was to go ahead, fathers also need to bear part of the cost since women are not alone in child-bearing.
It said at a time when the frontiers of maternity protection for women workers were being expanded in recognition of their productive and reproductive roles, the suggestion by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Labour Commission was regrettable.
The IRL's argument assumed that if a female worker enjoys maternity leave three times in her working life and a total of nine months’ salary was, therefore, deducted from her pension contributions to pay for the leave, there would not be a lot left after she finally retires at 60.
Meanwhile, Citi FM presenter, AJ Akuoko-Sarpong has taken issue with the period allowed women by Ghana's Labour Act as maternity leave.
Ghana's 3-month hiatus allowed for women to take care of their newborns before rejoining the workforce is one of the smallest in the democratic world. Some countries such as Sweden give up to 15 months to a new mother while she is still paid.
AJ, as she is affectionately called, spoke to Ameyaw TV on the red carpet of the 2019 Glitz Africa SHE Summit and noted the struggles with working mothers who rush back to work after just three months of childbirth.
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