Solomon Kotei, the former General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union, has stated that most prospective employees do not read the terms and conditions of a job offer before accepting it.
“When they are desperate and are given an appointment letter, they go and sign acceptance and begin working,” he explained.
He suggested that this can lead to situations where employees find themselves in employment with poor working conditions but are unable to quit due to the high likelihood of not being able to find another job if they leave.
The focus of the conversation was on the ordinary Ghanaian’s take-home pay and whether it is sufficient to cover their living expenditures in Ghana today.
During the show, he mentioned that one of the causes that has lowered salaries is the prevalence of bachelor’s degrees among job searchers.
“The core issue is that when people are looking for a job, because we are in a country where now to be a degree holder is common, the demand and supply has brought down the rate of pay, because if the employer gets over the market and it’s easy for him or her to get degree holders, he’ll then come and readjust or revamp his salary structure and place it at a point”, he stated.
“And we are also not in the slave market where when we find ourselves in a job that is really not paying, one can’t do otherwise,” he said.
He also urged firms to be transparent about their financials with their employees on a regular basis.
Failure to do so, he continued, fosters employees’ perceptions that businesses make money but don’t pay them adequately, which isn’t always the case.