Ghana Parliament Passes Law Against Domestic Workers’ Abuse

Ghana Parliament Passes Law Against Domestic Workers’ Abuse Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffuor Awuah.

Ghana’s Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations in collaboration with Parliament of Ghana has passed the Labour (Domestic Workers’) Regulations, 2020 (L.I. 2408) to establish a governance framework for the regulation of domestic work and ensure full labour protection for domestic workers.

The new regulation requires the employer and the domestic worker to enter into a written contract of employment which will stipulate the conditions of service and related matters.

The development was disclosed by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffuor Awuah on Thursday when he took his turn at the periodic “Meet The Press” series organised by the Ministry of Information to apprise journalists on the work of the Labour ministry.

According to the minister, available data indicated that domestic workers represent 0.5 per cent of the total labour force in Ghana. Demographic factors such as ageing populations, decline in welfare provision, the increasing participation of women in the labour force, and the challenges of balancing work and family life in urban areas had contributed greatly to the increasing demand for domestic workers.

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