September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Worker Protection From Labor Exploitation

Country: Ghana
Delegate Name: Frinz Fisher

Committee: ECOSOC
Topic: Worker Protection from Labor Exploitation
Country: Ghana
Delegate: Frinz Fisher

Labor exploitation is, as described by the United Nations Global Impact, the forced or compulsory labor is any work or service that is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty, and for which that person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily. Labor exploitation has been inevitably on the rise due to unprecedented events that has caused labor to become a priority to satisfy the needs of consumers. In addition, labor exploitation is reliant on the labor of people alike to cheaply accommodate these needs, without the justification of cheap labor, prices of products, services, and more would be excruciatingly increased. However, these poor conditions have caused the physical, psychological, emotional, and financial strain on the laborers. Overall, the exploitation of labor creates a toxic economy reliant on the cruel mistreatment of those across the globe, it is our responsibility as the United Nations to find a solution.

The nation of Ghana has unfortunately been an example of these cruel mistreatments. Trafficking has been a leading example, with about 30 percent of children ranging from the ages of 5-17 years engaging in the labors of inland and coastal fishing, domestic service, street hawking, begging, portering, artisanal gold mining, and other forced labor systems. Additionally, about 20 percent of these children happen to work in hostile and unsafe conditions. Ghana has made present and recent attempts to confront these actions as Ghana Parliament having ratified The Childrens’ Act as well as providing standard hours of working per day via the Ghana Labor Law, unfortunately Ghana has the inability to fully combat these injustices due to the lack of enforcement and this coincides within the economy as well. Ghana is presently in one of the worst economic positions, with last year’s inflation rates rising up to over 50 percent. These unprecedented rates have caused citizens to provide through loans which puts the Ghanaian economy into further plunge.

Therefore, Ghana supports the expansion and rise of development of better working facilities and well as international regulations of labor work. Ghana wishes to create and support equal rights of labor to combat any detrimental effects of physical, mental, emotion, and financial burden. Proposing any service to help those that have been a part of these cruel mistreatments, as well as compensating through communicative action to find reasonable trials of creating a protection plan. Ghana wishes to work with the United States of America, Belgium, and China to find a comfortable solution to fit the standard, proposing an example to surrounding nations.