Labor Expert, Austin Gamey, has advised the government not to hinge the National Unemployment Insurance Scheme it intends to roll out on COVID-19 induced job losses to persons.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in the 2020 Mid-Year Budget Review on the floor of Parliament on Thursday July 23, 2020 disclosed that government intends to roll out the National Unemployment Insurance policy to provide temporary income to support workers who have lost their jobs during this COVID-19 period and also provide training for jobs in new fields of work.
However, Mr. Austin Gamey who is a labor expert indicated that the insurance policy should have a national orientation but no to be targeted at supporting persons who have lost their jobs during this COVID-19 period.
“First of all it [National Unemployment Insurance] should not be hinged on Covid at all. I told you it is part of the thinking under the Labor Act… because we want to hinge it on Covid I am totally opposed to it. We should do it as normal thing so that we don’t hang ourselves with Covid. Covid may be here 2021, 2022…nobody knows so we should do it as a national agenda” he said
Mr. Austin Gamey further described the intention of government as welcoming but questioned the data it will be relying on in disbursing funds to beneficiaries under the insurance policy.
“Good news why not but we don’t have it established so we really have to interrogate it and find out whether we are ready for it. Where is the data informing it? Where is the infrastructure informing it? Where is the human resource to handle it? It is a very welcoming thing” he queried
Story by: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com