KOFI Koranteng has attained the accolade “Burger”. Any person who has stayed in Europe or in other places overseas for some time is referred to as Burger by a portion of Ghanaians. The title is the brief form of Hamburger as a resident of Hamburg in Germany would be known as.
In the circumstance of Kofi, also recognized as KK, he has worked in Spain and the United Kingdom for many years. For the earlier eight yrs KK has been again residence in Ghana supervising his housing and agriculture assignments using money attained from doing work overseas. Kofi, on the other hand is scheduling to go again to the United Kingdom.
He uncovered the plan to his childhood mate, Kwame Danso, who engaged him in a discussion all working day about the long run prospective buyers of functioning abroad this time round. Kwame’s foremost worry was that he listened to machines were taking about the function of individuals in Europe. With a smile, jokes and a glimpse of hope, KK took time to explain difficulties at the labour front in the wake of technological development in created nations.
To start off with, it is a simple fact that robots are remaining employed in many industries. In the car business for illustration, it is robots that do all way of difficult physical work. Despite the automation of repetitive tasks human beings are continue to used to do the additional intricate ones.
The natural way, there is the legitimate anxiety of specific careers turning into redundant, even in Ghana. Consider for examples, the introduction of Automated Teller Machines, paperless port operations and packaging of manufactured items in factories, all main to countless numbers of task losses. Similar fears existed at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century. Nonetheless it turned out that not all jobs turned redundant. Indeed existing employment were increased and new ones emerged entirely.
As to regardless of whether levels of competition for positions would not be keener thinking about the workforce of host nations, KK discussed that automation did not have an effect on all sectors of the economic system similarly. He reported he had worked in a hotel when in Spain. There, he was at the housekeeping office. Aside from the hoover which he utilized to thoroughly clean the ground, all other functions have been guide.
Then in the United Kingdom he labored in the development sector. Even though equipment did the planning and conveyance of products, there was a plethora of responsibilities for human palms. Really should he return to the United Kingdom, he would possibly go on operating in construction or go to the safety sector.
Kofi continued to shed extra light on the labour market place in created international locations. The marketplace has two segments. There is a single that requires large-expert staff and the other demanding very low-skilled labour with very low wages. Citizens of formulated countries ordinarily do not want to choose up work opportunities in the latter which is also labour-intense. This produces vacancies for migrant workers to fill.
The assurance of availability of jobs did not avoid Kwame from asking a lot more queries. He preferred to know the persuasive reason why Kofi wanted a return to Europe. This was towards the backdrop that Mr. Koranteng has a superior social standing in the community. People asked for him to characterize them in the nearby authorities program in the District Assembly.
Kofi opened up to his very good close friend on this make a difference. His small children have been younger. Even nevertheless education was totally free up to the senior substantial faculty, tertiary education remained really pricey in Ghana. Kofi foresaw no indicates by which his little ones could acquire college education and learning.
“Can you make plenty of funds in a minimal-wage labour market in the United kingdom?” Kwame questioned. The answer was an emphatic ‘yes’. “The variation between wages in formulated nations around the world and people of building nations around the world is really major. Ayishetu, the nurse, was in a position to consider her two daughters to be a part of her and show up at university in British isles. In addition international exchange premiums increase whatsoever quantity of funds despatched back home in the type of remittances”. KK attempted to verify.
Kwame had the effect all along that migrants ended up usually welcomed to Europe. He on the other hand, could not reconcile that see with reviews of continuous harassment, detention and deportation of migrants together the Mediterranean coast.
In reaction, KK clarified that all those had been irregular migrants. They neither have any travelling document nor perform permit. They journey by means of unapproved and unsafe routes across Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea. Moreover they arrive in Europe in massive numbers. This kind of movements have to be regulated.
The United Nations, Globe Lender, Global Organisation for Migration and Worldwide Labour Organisation are the big stakeholders that control human migration. The plight of these non-documented migrants have turn into the concern of these worldwide bodies and obtaining international locations. In past and recent dispensations, the entire world is battling poverty everywhere and leaving no one at the rear of as enshrined in the Social Development Targets. An African proverb states: “If you cry for the chick, cry for the predatory hawk too”. Workers’ rights are therefore secured all about the environment by nationwide legislation and intercontinental conventions.
The meeting amongst the two friends started yielding an unintended result. Kwame turned certain and wished he way too could travel abroad and operate but not with no some reservations. He required details on how to crack into the upper-tier task industry in Europe and whether foreigners are not discriminated against.
Mr. Koranteng has proved to be an ambassador of labour migration. He reiterated the large managerial, complex and electronic competences needed in the larger rungs of the labour sector. It is also the location most afflicted by technological improvement. In this article, workers basically supervise creation procedures applying Synthetic Intelligence, automation and other new tendencies without really exerting themselves physically.
On discrimination, KK in no way expert any main incidence. He nonetheless, doubted if European citizens and immigrants have been paid out equal wages for function of equivalent price. On the other hand, KK has regarded equal accessibility and affordability of overall health treatment at the place of work.
The two pals deliberated at size on all the challenges at stake and suggested the next steps to would-be migrant employees in Europe:
- Mobilise adequate funds from property to cushion them until they get a work
- Receive passport and visa in advance of embarking on the journey
- Get hold of do the job allow on arrival
- Focus on hospitality, building, agriculture and care-supplying sectors for positions
- Enhance on their capabilities, specially electronic expertise as a result of continuous education and learning
- Commit closely in their children’s education for brighter long run of do the job for their heirs
In their thoughts, Kofi and Kwame anticipated plan makers to place the worker at the centre of industry. Technological know-how would enrich efficiency alright but the human currently being, no issue the place on the social ladder, should be the best beneficiary.
Resource: Ghana/Starrfm.com.gh/Gabriel Adukpo