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Irreconcilable Differences – Union Organizing in the Informal Sector in Ghana

Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations

ISBN: 978-1-83909-192-6, eISBN: 978-1-83909-191-9

Publication date: 19 November 2019


The informal sector is expanding in the developing countries while the formal sector is shrinking. The loss of employees through workforce reduction strategies has adversely affected trade union membership in Ghana. To make up for the loss of members, the trade unions recruit the informal workers into their fold. Using in-depth interviews, this study explores trade union organization of informal workers and the suitability of these forms of organization within the informal sector in Ghana. The results indicate that formal trade unions are desperately adopting traditional methods and structures to organize informal workers into their fold without success. There is therefore the need for the informal workers to self-organize and for the trade unions to create streams of membership for affiliation.



Lamptey, Y.A. and Debrah, Y.A. (2019), "Irreconcilable Differences – Union Organizing in the Informal Sector in Ghana", Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 61-89.



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