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COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT PROPOSAL BETWEEN BOMARTS FARMS LIMITED AND UNION OF EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE & GENERAL SERVICES WORKERS (UNEAGES of GFL)

PART 1: GENERAL BASIS OF AGREEMENT

This Agreement is made this day ……………… of ………… Between the herein after called

“THE EMPLOYER” and the UNION OF EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE AND GENERAL SERVICES WORKERS (UNEAGES) OF GFL a Union officially recognized and certified under the Labour Act 2003, Act 651 herein after called “THE UNION”. The terms and conditions of employment hereby agreed upon shall take effect from ………………. And shall apply to all employees who are in the employment of the effective date of the agreement and thereafter subsequent employees who are engaged by the Company and subscribe to the membership of the Union while this agreement is in force.

ARTICLE 1 – PURPOSE

(A) It is the intention of the parties hereto that this Agreement will promote and improve relations between the Employer and the union and to set forth herein a basic Agreement covering general terms, hours of work and other conditions to be observed between the parties hereto during the life of this Agreement.

(B) It is also agreed that, should any disagreement arise between the Employer and the Union, the parties will immediately take steps to settle such disagreement as provided for under the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651).

ARTICLE 2: DEFINITION

i. “EMPLOYEES” shall consist of casual, contract and permanent employees and shall apply to all unionized employees classified under the COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CERTIFICATE SPECIFIED IN APPENDIX ‘A’ (Salary Structure).

ii. CASUAL EMPLOYEES shall refer to workers who are hired on a daily basis and paid a daily wage, payable on a monthly basis and who have been in employment for less than a cumulative period of six months.

iii. CONTRACT EMPLOYEES shall refer to workers who having been in employment for a period exceeding six months have been given a 12-month employment contract by the EMPLOYER.

iv. PERMANENT EMPLOYEES shall refer to workers who have formal employment agreement with the Employer without limitation to time.

v. “EMPLOYER” shall refer to the Management of BOMARTS FARMS LIMITED who is responsible for the day-to-day and general management of the company.

4 “WORKING DAYS” shall consist of five working days per week of 40 hours, between Monday and Sunday. Depending on the nature of exigency of the work, the employer may vary the working days and hours to meet the specific needs of the work.

ARTICLE 3 – DURATION / WAGE OPENER/MODIFICATION

This agreement shall remain in force for a period of not less than two (2) years from the date of implementation. After Twenty-two (22) months from the effective dates, either party may give to the other notice in writing of its desire to continue such agreement for a specified period agreeable to both parties and notice of intent to amend specified provisions or to terminate the Agreement. The duration of such notice shall be four (4) weeks. This Agreement shall however, continue to be in force until a new Agreement is concluded and signed.

WAGE OPENER

After twelve (12) months from the date of this Agreement but only once during the two (2) year period either party may give to the other party a month’s notice that it wishes to negotiate for revision in salaries/wages only and until such revision is negotiated, concluded and agreed, the present rate specified in such appendix ‘A’ shall remain in force.

MODIFICATION

Neither the employer nor the Union shall have the singular right to modify or waive off any provision of this agreement. Any such modification or waiver shall be with the consent of both parties to the Agreement and shall be done only at the Standing Negotiating Committee Level.

PART 2 - ENTERING THE SERVICE OF BOMARTS FARMS LTD.

ARTICLE 4: CONDITIONS OF ENGAGEMENT

(A) The employer shall give the newly employed a letter of appointment stating the following:

A .Wage

B. Wage Scale

C. Effective Date of engagement

D. Probation Period

E. Job Title

F. Department

G. Job Description

(B) All newly appointed employees covered by the agreement shall be placed on probation. The probationary period shall be three (3) months of continuous employment in the first instance and extendable to six (6) months, if the first instance is not proven satisfactorily. During this period the progress of probationers shall be reviewed prior to confirmation and unless the employee is otherwise advised in writing to the contrary, he/she shall be deemed to have been confirmed in the job at the end of the probationary period.

(C) Before engagement, all prospective employees shall at the cost of the company undergo full Medical Test designated by the Company. The result shall be communicated to the employee and the employer.

(D) In certain areas of the Employer’s premises, smoking is dangerous and is a serious risk. In the interest of all concerned, where “NO SMOKING” notices or Signs are displayed, smoking is prohibited and where this is disobeyed, it will incur disciplinary measures. The Employer shall take steps to equip employees with appropriate skills in fire fighting for the prevention of fire out break.

(E) Personal property belonging to the Employee left on the Employer’s Premises is at the owner’s risk and the Employer cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

(F) No Employee covered by this Agreement shall be compelled to enter a contract or Agreement with Employer concerning condition or employment, wages or salaries as dealt with in this Agreement or shall be allowed to be bonded by the Employer without prior discussions with the Union. The Employer, after consultations with the National Union, may in the case of specialized training, request the Employee to enter into a bond.

(G) At the time of signing this agreement all Employees, who have been in the service of the Employer for not less than six (6) months shall be deemed as permanent.

ARTICLE 5: NOMINATION OF NEXT OF KIN

Every Employee will give to the Employer, at the time of his engagement, the name and address of the nominee(s) who should receive any entitlement due from the Employer to his Estate in the event of his death. This can be revoked, renewed at the discretion of the Employee. In the event of death of the Employee, the Employer shall give the beneficiary who was last nominated by the deceased employee any benefits/rights that may have accrued to the deceased. All payments to beneficiaries shall be made in the presence of representatives of the Union. In cases where the Employee failed to provide a next of kin or there are misunderstanding surrounding the claims of the deceased’s benefits, the application of letters of Administration or Probate shall apply.

ARTICLES 6: RATES OF PAY

(A) Every Employee covered by this Agreement shall receive rate of pay appropriate to his respective job classification as shown in Appendix ‘A’. A Statement of Account shall accompany every end of month pay packet. Payment shall be made on or before the last day of every month.

(B) All deductions permitted by law shall be made from the Salaries/Wages of an Employee.

(C) Should a new job be created subsequent to the date of this Agreement or should an existing job be so substantially changed in its duties and responsibilities that the old rate of pay, salary range etc., are no longer appropriate, the Employer and the Union shall meet to agree upon a rate of pay, salary range etc, which are consistent with the Company’s salary structure for the new or changed job.

ARTICLES 7: ANNUAL INCREMENTS

(A) Salaries of staff shall be reviewed annually and, where conduct and performance through the year have been satisfactory, an increment of 5% of the Employees basic salary shall be awarded in conformity with the appropriate scale with effect from 1st January, of every year in addition to the annual increment, the Employee may as an incentive for special qualities displayed in their field of work in the course of an incremental year.

(B) Where an Employee’s increment is to be withheld because of established unsatisfactory work or conduct, the Employee will be advised in writing at least two months before the end of the incremental year.

ARTICLE 8: PROMOTION

(A) As far as possible, and depending on suitable candidates being found, all vacancies will be filled by promotion from within.

(B) Promotions to vacancies in higher grades shall be based on efficiency on the job, experience, sense of responsibility, initiative, general behaviour and length of service.

(C) Employees will be informed through internal advertisement of vacancies, as they occur to enable those in other departments or lower grades with requisite qualifications who may wish to be considered to apply.

(D) An employee promoted to a new position shall serve a trial period of three (3) months. If in the opinion of the employer he fails to perform satisfactorily during the period, he will be reverted to his former position. An employee reverted could be considered for promotion at a future date.

PART 3

ARTICLE 9: WORKING HOURS

The Standard hours or work for basic pay shall be forty (40) hours per week (with two days off duty) Security Officers shall work for five (5) days in a week and shall be on special salary scale.

The hours of work shall be regulated by the employer in accordance with the exigencies of the work and in consultation with the Union but no employee shall be required to work continuously for longer than five days or (40) hours of work without the appropriate rest.

In consultation with the Union and in accordance with the exigencies of the work there may be scheduled work on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

A minimum of 30 minutes break shall be allowed for workers on shift work, and this will be counted as working hours. However, in the case of double shift work, an employee shall be entitled to one-hour break, which shall not be counted as part of the working hours.

ARTICLE 10: OVERTIME

(A) Employees requested by the employer or his representative to work in excess of the normal working hours per day shall be paid overtime for work so performed as follows:

- Working days-One and half

- Off days-Double time (2)

- Public Holidays-Normal pay)+ double time for hrs Worked

(B) Whereas overtime is not compulsory, the employees should be willing to do overtime when the exigencies of work so demand provided adequate time notice is served on the worker.

(C) Overtime rates shall be as follows:

- Working days-Time and Half (1½)

- Off days-Double time (2)

- Public Holidays-Normal plus Double time (1+2)

- Security/Watchmen -Normal plus Double time (1+2)

ARTICLE 11: DISCIPLINE

(A) TERMINATION

Where the Employer terminates the services of an employee for a stated reason other than proven misconduct, the Employer shall serve such employee one month notice or one-month’s pay in lieu of notice thereof and Long Service Award and where applicable the Employee shall be made to use any entitled leave during the period of notice.

Upon termination of Employment the Employee shall return all Company documents, assets or materials in his/her custody before any payment of outstanding salary or earned benefits from Long Service Award is paid to such Employee. In all cases the Employer must assigned the reason of any Termination to that effect.

Where the employer terminates the services of an Employee on the ground of:

i. Mutual consent of the Employer/Employee

ii. ILLNESS treatment or sexual harassment

iii. The death of an Employee

iv. Employee medically unfit certified by medical officer

v. Sickness or accident of the worker

vi. Proven incompetence of the worker

vii. Lack of requisite qualification on the part of the worker for the work which he is employed

viii. Legal restrictions imposed on the worker prohibiting the worker from performing the work for which the worker is employed

ix. The employer shall serve the affected employee two (2) weeks notice if the service is less than three (3) years and One (1) month notice if the service is three (3) years and above or payment in lieu of the required notice.

The Terminated Employee shall be entitled to all earned benefits and entitlements as at the time of his/her termination as follows:

a. Salaries/Wages

b. Accrued leave and, or proportional leave.

c. Annual Bonus if worked beyond ten (10) months in that particular year.

All matters of discipline in relation to Termination under this Collective Labour Agreement shall be in conformity with the Labour Act 2003 Act 651, Sections 15,17,18,62 and 64.

(B) DISMISSAL

In the event of an Employee being found guilty by the Employer of serious misconduct such as dishonesty, stealing, fighting, insubordination, assault, drunkenness on duty, smoking in prohibited areas, he shall be dismissed. The Employer shall notify the Union in writing and explain the circumstances leading to the dismissal after giving hearing to the affected employee whether verbal or in writing. The Employer may consider other alternative penalties in place of dismissals.

The Employer shall be responsible for ensuring that all employees conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and shall investigate and impose appropriate sanctions as it deems fit in cases of misconduct, provided that all cases of discipline shall be dealt with in accordance with the Labour Act 2003, Act 651.

Where an Employee misconducts himself, he shall be given an opportunity by the Employer to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him, provided that the Employer reserves the right to make a final decision on the matter.

Where an Employee is dismissed as a result of proven misconduct, there shall be no requirement for the Employer to serve any prior notice of such dismissal and the Employee shall only be entitled to any earned benefits.

(C) WARNING

Where an Employee commits an offence, which does not amount to serious misconduct, such Employee will be warned in writing. If after three (3) such warnings the Employee commits a fourth (4th) offence, his services shall be terminated. Warning letters cease to have effect 12 months from the date of issue. Before a written warning is given, discussion will be held with the Employee in the presence of a Union representative or a written query shall be given to the Employee to answer within 48 hours. If no satisfactory answer is given the Employee shall be given written warning.

(D) SUSPENSION

Where an Employee is suspected of committing an offence, which cannot be immediately proved, he shall be suspended on half-pay pending further investigation. If at the end of the investigation he is proved not guilty he will be paid as if he had worked for the full period of the suspension. On the contrary, should the employer decide to terminate the service of an employee, under investigation, the employer shall provide detailed reasons for its action.

(D) INTERDICTION

Where and when an employee is alleged to have committed an offence which cannot immediately be proven, he/she shall be suspended or interdicted on half pay for period not exceeding 30 days pending investigations or such longer period as the Employer may require to complete investigations. The suspended or interdicted employee shall be reinstated and be paid the balance of salary as if he/she had worked for the full period of the suspension if at the end of the investigation he/she is proven innocent of the offence.

Investigating Committee (IC) shall be set to investigate the matter and a final report shall be submitted to Managing Director before the final decision shall be taken against the culprit.

A Committee members shall comprises of Local Union 2, Senior Staff 2 and Management 1.

ARTICLE 12: ABSENCE DURING WORKING HOURS

(A) An Employee wishing to leave his place of employment will first seek permission from his department head. Any Employee who leaves his place of work without permission will be committing an offence and written warning shall be given. No Employee on shift shall leave his work without permission or reliever.

ARTICLE 13: ABANDONMENT OF EMPLOYMENT

An Employee covered by this Agreement who absents himself from work without permission shall be queried and shall have the equivalent of his pay deducted from the period of unauthorized absence. The Employer shall have the offence recorded in the first instance. For a second offence under this Article, he shall receive a written warning under Article 11 – Discipline.

An Employee who absents himself for five (3) consecutive working days or five (5) days in total for any month and who gives unsatisfactory explanation shall be regarded as having abandoned his employment and he/she shall be dismissed in accordance with the Labour Act 651 of 2003, Sections 15 and 62.

ARTICLE 14: TRANSFER

(A) The Employer may transfer an Employee from one station to another in the interest of the business. The Employer shall pay the Employee an inconvenience allowance of his two (2) months consolidated salary if the transfer is permanent.

The Employer shall provide transport for the Employee and his family. For the purposes of this Article, an Employee’s family shall be his wife and three (3) children under 18 years of age or 21 years if attending educational institutions.

(B) Department transfer may be effected in the interest of work, but consideration should be given to the Employee’s health and qualifications. However, if the transfer is necessitated by redeployment and such transfer involves changing the Employee’s trade or job, the employee will be given the option of accepting the new job assigned or termination on grounds of redundancy.

PART 4: RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES IN SERVICES

ARTICLE 15:ANNUAL LEAVE

A. An Employee who has completed 12 months continuous service shall be granted annual leave according to the following scales.

1 st to 3rd year – 15 working days

4 years and above – 20 working days

B. The Employer shall prepare a departmental leave roster, which shall be posted on the departmental notice board at the beginning of the year. Where, however the Employees are requested by the Employer to take their leave in special circumstances, they shall be given one month’s notice in advance.

C. Leave will be taken at the convenience of the Employer.

D. Accumulation of leave will not normally be permitted.

E. Every Employee shall enjoy an unbroken period of leave. However, the Employer, in cases of urgent necessity, may require an Employee to interrupt his leave and return to work

F. An Employee whose leave is thus interrupted shall be given the rest of the leave. Where an Employee is required to interrupt his annual leave in the circumstances stated above, the Employer shall reimburse the Employee any expenses incurred by him of the interruption.

G. Any Employee desiring to change his original leave shall apply to his Head of Department/Supervisor.

H. Periods of absence from duty with permission on voluntary public works and duties and special leave with or without permission shall not count as part of annual leave.

ARTICLE 16: CASUAL LEAVE

Casual leave will be granted with pay to Employees in special circumstances if the Employer is satisfied that there is a bonafide case. The period of such leave, which shall not exceed 5 working days in any leave year, shall not count as part of annual leave.

ARTICLE 17: SICK LEAVE

Any Employee who is absent from work due to sickness shall be granted sick leave as follow, provided such absence is covered by medical certificated signed by the Employer’s Medical Doctor or a Registered Medical Practitioner: (A Medical Board should be appointed to ascertain whether the worker is medically fit or not).

A. From 6 month but less than 4 years

Full pay- 3 months

Three-quarters pay- 3 months

Half pay- 3 months

Over 4 years service but less than 8 years

Full pay- 6 months

Three-quarter pay- 3 months

Half pay- 3 months

8 years service and over

Full pay- 8 months

Three-quarter pay- 6 months

Half pay- 6 months

B. Any Employee found working for pay whilst on sick leave shall be subject to summary dismissal.

C. In the first place an Employee found to be suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis

necessitating absence from work shall be granted sick leave with the full pay for twelve (12) months or such lesser period as may be necessary before he/she is fit to return to work. If at the end of twelve (12) months he/she is not fit to return to work but is likely to do so within a further four (4) months, he/she shall remain on sick leave with full pay for this further period.

D. If after the exhaustion of the sick leave period an employee is still not fit to work. His/her appointment shall be terminated on health grounds after declared unfit by a certified medical officer as stated in article 11(Aiv).

ARTICLE 18: MATERNITY LEAVE

A Female employee shall be entitled to maternity leave as follows:

1. In addition to normal annual leave a female employee shall be granted maternity leave on full pay for a period of three (3) months

2. Postnatal confinement may be extended by two (2) weeks or beyond, in abnormal delivery cases or where 2 or more babies are born.

3. Maternity leave shall be additional to any leave entitlement and/or sick leave.

4. Nursing Mothers will be granted two (2) hours daily off duty until the child is one year old.

5. Upon the production of duly certified Medical report by a registered Medical Practitioner, a Pregnant or nursing mother may be exempted from overtime work.

ARTICLE 19: MEDICAL TREATMENT

A. The Employer will provide free medical care for the Employee and such attention will be at the Employer designated Hospital/Clinic or any of the Government recognized Health Facility.

B. When it is not possible for an Employee to attend the Employer’s Clinic due to the emergency nature of the case, a registered Medical Practitioner may treat him at any Government Hospital/Clinic.

C. The provision of Denture and Spectacle, Surgical Operations and Venereal Diseases are excluded from the provision of the Article. Where, however, a Worker sustains injury by accident or contracts disease arising out of and in the course of his work, the Employer will bear the full cost of treatment. This will include cost of transportation, where applicable.

D. Any employee who falls sick at the place of work shall report to his immediate supervisor and obtain a clinic form that shall be completed and returned after treatment.

E. The Employer shall provide free medical treatment to Employee’s but subject to the company’s modalities.

ARTICLE 20: PERIODIC MEDICAL CHECK-UP

The Employer in consultation with the Industrial Physician and the Union, to indicate areas of employment where Employees shall undergo periodic medical check-up.

ARTICLE 21: SAFETY RULES

The Employer shall make reasonable provision for the safety and health of Employees, and shall provide protective devices/equipment, e.g. Safety/Wallington boots Raincoats, Gloves, Ear/Eye/Nose protectors against industrial accidents and diseases to Employees who by the nature of their jobs require them.

ARTICLE 22: INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS

A. An employee who is unable to present himself at work because of injuries arising out of work in the course of his/her employment shall be granted full pay till he/she is fully recovered.

B. Thereafter, the provisions of the workman’s Compensation Law, PNDC Law 187 of 1987 regarding payment of salaries shall apply. Compensation to such employees shall be made in accordance with the workmen’s compensation law in force at time of injury.

C. Should an Employee contract an industrial disease arising out of and in the course of his employment, the company will give the Employee adequate treatment for his disease and to the extent of the facilities available and further if in the opinion of the Company’s Medical Officer further Consultation and/or medical facilities outside the Company are required, the cost of the additional treatment shall be borne by the Company.

D. Incapacitated employees may be rehabilitated in accordance with labour Regulation. Employees, who by the statutory, limitation of the law are precluded from receiving the workman’s Compensation under the Scheme, shall not be less favourable than that under Workman’s Compensation Law.

ARTICLE 23: UNIFORM/WORK CLOTHING

A. The Employer shall provide uniforms to all workers whose work requires for such and these shall be replaced as when necessary.

B. Where the Employer provides the Employee with uniform/work clothing in the interest of the business, it shall be maintained at the expense of the Employer. The Employer reserves the right to deduct, under the Labour Law, the cost of the uniform/work clothing from the entitlements of any Employee who fails to return, it for reasons of loss or damages, such uniform/clothing on leaving the service of the employer. The Union shall approach the Employer on all matters connected with the provision of these uniform/work clothing.

ARTICLE 24: TRAINING WITHIN INDUSTRY

A.The Employer undertakes to provide reasonable facilities for the training of Employees, including apprentices where such means will enable Employee to secure competency in the performance of their duties and fit them for promotion within the establishment.

Where the Employee is required by the Employer to take a course at a recognized educational establishment, which requires time-off, the Employer shall afford the Employee such time off with pay and the Employer shall undertake to bear the cost of such course. Any Employee required to undertake training for a higher appointment in the Company will be acquainted within the period of training and the grade to which he would be promoted on successful completion of his training.

ARTICLE 25: TRANSPORT

Free Transport will be provided to convey employees to and from work.

ARTICLE 26: REDUNDANCY/SERVICE AWARD

A. Where for one reason or other the employer is compelled to declare a number of employees redundant, the employer shall give three calendar months notice to the Union. The notice shall enable the necessary negotiations to be made on the redundancy exercise. The three months notice shall also be served on the affected employee or payment in lieu of notice.

B. The employees whose services are to be terminated owning to redundancy shall usually to determined on “FIRST IN LAST OUT” basis. In cases where the employer wishes to retain the services of a worker with less service on merit or his performance ability is greater than that of employee with longer service, the Union shall be consulted.

C. Injury arising out of duties at BOMARTS FARMS LIMITED would not be used as basis for redundancy.

D. When subsequent employment arises in the same department within twelve (12) months from the date employees in that department were declared redundant, these employees shall be given preference for re-employment. It is understood that any redundant employee, employed under this article shall be considered as a new employee.

E. Before an employee is made redundant, every effort shall be made to see if his services can be utilized elsewhere in the Company. If this is not feasible, an employee who is declared redundant by the Standing Negotiation Committee shall be paid 2 months pay for each year of service multiplied by the years served. However, in the event the financial position of the Company can not meet such obligations, then there shall be a negotiation for a comprise.

F. With Reference to Article 26 where for one reason or another the employer is compelled to declare any number of the employees redundant, a Union Executive, shall not be victimized under the cover of normal disciplinary procedures. In any case of discipline against a Union officer, Section 15 of the Labour Act 2003, Act 651 and Article 38 of this Collective Agreement shall apply.

26 c. With Reference to Article 26 where for one reason or another the employer is compelled to declare any number of the employees redundant, a Union Executive shall not be victimized under the cover of normal disciplinary procedures. In any such case of discipline against a union officer, Section 15 of the Labour Act 651 and Article 39 of the CA shall apply.

G. In all cases of redundancy payment, the latest salary on which the employee shall be laid off shall be used in calculating the Severance Pay.

ARTICLE 27: RECREATION FACILITIES

The employer shall encourage reasonable recreational activities and will co-operate with the employees in providing and maintaining equipment for such activities.

ARTICLE 28: ACTING ALLOWANCE

A. Any Employee covered by this Agreement and required to carry out full duties of a post superior to the grade in which he is normally employed shall be paid an Acting Allowance.

B. Where an Employee is required to perform such duties for not less than 11 working days, he/she shall be paid 60% of the difference between his/her salary and that of the superior but pro-rata of the days worked.

C. When an Employee discharges the duties of another Employee of grade lower than the grade in which he/she is normally employed in addition to his/her normal duties, and when overtime is not required, an Ex-gratis payment shall be paid to the Employee in recognition of his/her service at the discretion of the Employer.

ARTICLE 29: PER DIEM/OUT OF STATION/BOARDING AND LODGING EXPENSES

An employee who is required in the course of his duties to spend one or more nights away from his normal station of employment will be paid reasonable expenses incurred.

A. Reasonable lodging and other out of pocket expenses connected with the work shall be paid to any Employee who is required to spend the night away either from or within the country on duty.

B. LUNCH ALLOWANCE

Where an Employee spends lunch period outside his place of work on duty, he/she shall be entitled to an allowance of GH¢5.00

ARTICLE 30: FRUSTRATED WORK

When a employee reports for duty on his normal working day and due to no fault of the employee he is ordered to leave or stop work by the Employer or any person in the authority of the Employer before the Employee can complete the days full hours of work, he shall receive the full pay for the day.

ARTICLE 31: CALL IN ALLOWANCE

An Employee whose off-duty period is disturbed by being called to duty shall be paid his/her transport fare calculated on taxicab charge for each call in addition to twice the normal overtime payment due to him/her.

ARTICLE 32: ANNUAL BONUS/PERFORMANCE TARGET BONUS

Annual Bonus shall be paid not later than the 3rd week of December to all permanent serving Employees who have served for not less than eight (8) months in December. Such bonus shall be one (1) month consolidated pay . Payment shall be made in due consideration with the profitability of the company during the year.

A. Every employee shall receive incentive package based on production targets achieved during the year. Management will use its discretion to reward outstanding performance of employees with special incentives .

B. In the event, that the said target is achieved. The production incentive shall be paid to every employee before the end of the first quarter of the following year.

ARTICLE 33: FUNERAL GRANT

A) In the event of the death of an Employee, the Employer will make to the family of the deceased a grant of Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC 500.00) to assist them in meeting the expenses involved. In addition, the Company shall provide transport to convey workers and dead body to burial ground or hometown within Ghana.

B) On the death of a spouse/child the Employer shall support the bereaved family with an amount of Two Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC200.00) however in the case of a mother/father support of GH¢100.00 shall be made under this Article upon producing to the Employer a Marriage Certificate, Death or Burial Certificate of the deceased.

PART 5:

ARTICLE 36: RETIRING AGE/RESIGNATION/TERMINATION

A. There shall be a voluntary retiring age of Fifty-Five (55) years for all Employees. Compulsory retiring 60 years.

B. Three months notice shall be given either side in the case of voluntary or compulsory retirement.

C. Any Employee leaving the service of the Employer, either on voluntary of compulsory retirement shall at the discretion of the employer be given a farewell package

D. The employee must be given a certificate or citation of service/honor.

E. When an Employee due for retirement is left with less than six months to qualify for long service award, he/she shall be deemed to have qualified for the award and shall be given the full award accordingly.

RESIGNATION:

Any employee wishing to resign from his employment shall give one month notice or one-month’s pay in lieu of notice thereof.

An employee who worked for more than five years and wishes to resign from the company shall give one (1) month notice to the Employer and state the reason for its intended resignation.

An employee who worked for five years and above on resignation shall receive an Ex-gratia Award Package at the discretion of the employer. This award shall be given to deserving employees who serve resignation notice with reasons to the employer.

ARTICLE 37: LONG SERVICE

A) Any Employee who has worked for 5 years and above would be given a long service award as follows:

5 years-Wrist watch (Gold) or 2 – months pay

10 years -5 Month basic salary

15 years -10 bags of cement + 5 moths basic salary

20 years -20 bags of cement + 10 months basic salary

25 years -100 bags of cement + 10 months basic salary

B) CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

On leaving the services of the Employer, a Certificate of service shall be issued to the Employee stating the period of service to the Employer and his job titles.

ARTICLE 38: GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

All complaints or dispute concerning violation, or non-compliance with or the application, interpretation of this Agreement but not including any requested or proposed changes in this Agreement are herein referred to as grievance and shall be settled as promptly as practicable through the follow channels:

Step 1: The employee claiming a grievance shall first discuss the grievance or request with his/her immediate departmental Head or Manager who shall consider and dispose of it promptly.

Step 2: Failing satisfactory settlement of the grievance within two (2) working days, the employee and his/her Local union Shop Steward or representative shall then discuss the grievance with the employee’s departmental head or Manager.

Step 3: Failing satisfactory settlement the grievance shall then be reduced into writing within five (5) working days after the discussion with the Departmental Head or Manager for settlement at the sub-committee level. The sub-committee made up of management and local union representatives shall endeavour to resolve is referred to it.

Step 4: Failing satisfactory settlement in step 3, the union shall within seven (7) working days refer the grievance in writing for discussion by the Standing Negotiation Committee. A meeting for discussion of such referred grievance shall be held promptly but not later than seven (7) working days after the union’s letter of request.

Step 5: Failing satisfactory settlement in step 4 the matter shall be referred to the appropriate state Authority preferably, the National Labour Commission for final and conclusive settlement.

ARTICLE 39: UNION MEMBERSHIP/CHECK OFF

A. Every Employee covered by this Agreement shall be deemed to be a member of the Union and shall pay Union dues uniformly levied against all members of the Union.

B. At the written request of the Union, the sums deducted as Union dues shall be paid out as shall be directed by the Union.

ARTICLE 40: SHOP STEWARDS – RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Either parties of this Agreement recognize the existence of shop stewards as official representatives of the Union.

B. For the purpose of this Agreement, the shop steward shall consult or be consulted on all grievances of disciplinary measures of Employees and Management at all levels with a view to resolving the grievances.

C. Reasonable facilities shall be offered to shop stewards and Union Official during normal working hours to carry out their Union responsibilities, but they must not leave their work without first having obtained the permission from their supervisors.

D. The Union shall furnish the company with list of shop stewards and Union Officials, which shall be reviewed from time as may be necessary.

ARTICLE 41: UNION OFFICIAL/SHOP STEWARDS NOTICE BOARD/UNION OFFICE

A. The parties to the Agreement shall recognize the right of the Union designated Officials.

i. The parties to this Agreement shall recognize the role of shop stewards who are Union Representatives on the shop floor.

ii. Union Officials and Shopstewards shall intercede in matters affecting the well being of employees during normal working hours provided that permission has been obtained from the immediate supervisor.

ARTICLE 42: RESPONSIBILITIES PARTIES

A. Both parties agree that this Agreement imposes serious duties and responsibilities on the Union as well as the Employer.

B. Nothing in this Agreement will worsen any existing conditions of service.

ARTICLE 43: LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR COMPANY DRIVERS

i. In the event of criminal proceedings being taken against a driver involved in any motor offence while driving a company vehicle in the course of his duties, the employer’s insurance company will provide legal counsel for the defence. If the driver has committed a breach of traffic regulations, he will reimburse the company any costs the company incurs in defending the action.

ii. In the event of an accident, the driver is to comply with the company’s insurance policy.

iii.Drivers employed by the company will have their licence renewed by the employer.

iv. The “drivers” in this sense means any one employed to drive or operate any vehicle or forklift of the company.

SIGNED FOR AND ON BEHALF OF

BOMARTS FARMS LIMITED

…………………………………….......

MANAGING DIRECTOR

UNION OF EDUCATION AGRICULTURE & GENERAL SERVICES WORKERS

..………………………………………

GENERAL SECRETARY

And witnessed by:

……………………………………............…………………………………

Dated this _______ day of _____________________________ 2013

Bomarts Farm Limited - 2013

Start date: → 2013-01-01
End date: → 2015-12-31
Ratified by: → Ministry
Ratified on: → 2013-01-01
Name industry: → Agriculture, forestry, fishing
Public/private sector: → In the private sector
Concluded by:
Name company: → Bomarts Farm Limited
Names trade unions: → Union of Education, Agriculture & General Services Workers (UNEAGES of GFL)

TRAINING

Training programmes: → Yes
Apprenticeships: → Yes
Employer contributes to training fund for employees: → Yes

SICKNESS AND DISABILITY

Maximum for sickness pay (for 6 months): → 100 %
Maximum days for paid sickness leave: → 180 days
Provisions regarding return to work after long-term illness, e.g. cancer treatment: → 
Paid menstruation leave: → No
Pay in case of disability due to work accident: → Yes

WORK AND FAMILY ARRANGEMENTS

Maternity paid leave: → 13 weeks
Maternity paid leave restricted to 100 % of basic wage
Job security after maternity leave: → No
Prohibition of discrimination related to maternity: → No
Prohibition to oblige pregnant or breastfeeding workers to perform dangerous or unhealthy work: → 
Workplace risk assessment on the safety and health of pregnant or nursing women: → 
Availability of alternatives to dangerous or unhealthy work for pregnant or breastfeeding workers: → 
Time off for prenatal medical examinations: → 
Prohibition of screening for pregnancy before regularising non-standard workers: → 
Prohibition of screening for pregnancy before promotion: → 
Facilities for nursing mothers: → Yes
Employer-provided childcare facilities: → No
Employer-subsidized childcare facilities: → No
Monetary tuition/subsidy for children's education: → No

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

Trial period duration: → 90 days
Part-time workers excluded from any provision: → 
Provisions about temporary workers: → 
Apprentices excluded from any provision: → 
Minijobs/student jobs excluded from any provision: → 

WORKING HOURS, SCHEDULES AND HOLIDAYS

Working hours per week: → 40.0
Working days per week: → 5.0
Paid annual leave: → 15.0 days
Paid annual leave: → 2.0 weeks
Rest period of at least one day per week agreed: → Yes
Provisions on flexible work arrangements: → 

WAGES

Wages determined by means of pay scales: → No
Wages specified according to skill level: → 0
Wages specified according to job title: → 0
Adjustment for rising costs of living: → 0

Payment for standby work

Payment for standby work: → 200 % of basic wage
Payment for standby work Sundays only: → No
Payment for standby work all days per week: → No

Premium for overtime work

Premium for overtime work: → 150 % of basic wage

Allowance for seniority

Allowance for seniority after: → 5 years of service

Meal vouchers

Meal allowances provided: → Yes
→ 5.0 per meal
Free legal assistance: → 
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