The role of unions in improving working conditions in Ghana


Despite non-wage benefits - such as sick leave, maternity leave, and paid holiday - being guaranteed by law in Ghana, few people take advantage of them, particularly in the informal sector where noncompliance is high. A team of local PEP researchers set out to investigate the determinants for accessing non-wage benefits in the Ghanaian labor market, looking in particular at the role of trade unions. The team’s analysis indicates that union presence plays a significant role in promoting workers’ access to non-wage benefits. In particular, unions play an important role in improving employees’ awareness of their statutory entitlements. Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

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