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To raise employee salaries by 20% would be suicide for the government, according to Gammey.

If the Akufo-Addo administration accepts a 20 percent pay raise for public sector employees, according to labour analyst Austin Gammey, it will suffer.

The government-agreed 15 percent Cost of Living Allowance, which will expire in December 2022, is to be replaced by a 20 percent salary increase for public sector employees.

The workers claim that the nation's soaring rate of inflation is a huge blow to them, which is why they are currently demanding more money.

Mr. Gammey did, however, say that it's possible that the government will reject the workers' demand during an interview with Naa Dedei Tettey on Morning Starr.

"Paying based on productivity is the obvious thing for anyone to do, but we don't pay based on productivity in Ghana,"

"Paying employees based on production seems the logical thing to do, but this is not the case in Ghana. People will want this if their wage is adjusted for inflation and political considerations "said the expert.

He said that because there are so many people employed in the public sector, compensating employees based on inflation has serious financial ramifications for the government.

"If you ask the IMF directly to include this in the approval of our budget for 2023, I don't believe they will reject your request if the government as an employer cannot afford to do so. Because you demand 20 percent, and they have to accept a 12 percent income gap due to inflation (which is currently at roughly 32 percent), they are accommodating you. The basis for this is not productivity, "Gammey gave an explanation.

The Labour expert added that if there is a dispute over the employees' demand, all parties must come to an agreement.

The Labour expert said that if there is a dispute over the employees' demand, both parties would present their cases to the National Labour Commission for resolution.

"Because the government, as an employer, cannot afford to give a 20% raise on the basic salary, doing so would be suicidal, and they would be unable to do it. If they succeed, it will be shocking and terribly sad because it will have very clear implications, "Added he.

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