The much awaited and anticipated salary increment for public sector workers for 2021 has finally reflected in July's validation.
Government workers all over the country were expecting salaries increments for the year 2021 in January this year but it never materialised since the salary for 2021 had not been determined by the fair wages and salaries commission because of the Corona virus pandemic last year(2020).
Fortunately, upon all the back and forth deliberations between the Public Services Joint Standing Negotiating Committee (PSJSNC) which consisted of representatives of the TUC (Ghana), the Security Service and other Labour Unions operating within the Public Sector negotiated the Base Pay for 2021 and 2022. The agreed percentages for increments of salaries for 2021 and 2022 were 4% and 7% respectively.
According to validators for the various government institutions , July's validation is in and lo and behold the 4% increment for 2021 has reflected accordingly.
It could be recalled that the Union drew the attention of Government on the need to provide for salary increment for 2021 following media statements of a possible freeze in wages and the presentation of the budget for 2021 to Parliament.
These rumours on possible salaries increments freeze for public sector workers lingered for sometime until the president finally debunked those rumours when he met leaders of organised labour at Ejisu.
Subsequent to this, salary negotiations for 2021 was placed on the agenda and Labour entered the process with optimism. The PSJSNC has subsequently met a number of times to negotiate the Base Pay for 2021 upon which they agreed on these percentages for 2021 and 2022 respectively.
It is particularly very sad the union leaders couldn't couldn't push for any significant increment owing despite the glaring hardships that government workers are battling with amidst increments in virtually all goods and services.
Petroleum products alone have been increased multiple times since the beginning of the year and clearly this four percent can't do anything to the average government worker in Ghana.
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