Prez. at the 11th quadrennial delegates’ congress of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) at Ejisu
The country is harder, whether its Bawumia who is managing the economy or its the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, who is Yale University trained economist and it may have been worsened by the "eating by some people in Wuhan, China," which has given the already borrowing government, the unceasing effrontery, to go on and borrow more, even though they shouted from the roof top that, borrowing was not the way to go.
Anyways, that's an assertion of the NDC, who are calling for an auditing of the millions, expended on the basis of Covid-19. Well, the economy is that bad that, the government workers have been calling for salary increase ever since, but their plea has consistently fallen on deaf ears. Their point may have been proven to be true, as the President, even needed a 74% salary increase.
On May 2nd, 2021, Citi FM's web portal reported that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had announced that he has put a freeze on salary increments for himself and his appointees this year 2021 and this included pay rises for the Vice President, Ministers of State and all other appointees of the Executive.
The President then maintained that, this is a way of appreciating the plight of Ghanaians in the wake of the negative economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but if you have been listening to the news just days back, you will find out that, he was untruthful, as even he and Bawumia's wives, were going to receive backdated salary, even though they had taken monthly allowances since 2017 and of course, he and Bawumia, received a 74% pay increase.
So whereas the Trade Union Congress (TUC) was asking the Nana Addo led-government to stop using COVID-19 as an excuse and they were emphatic that, there is the need for review the salaries of workers upwards to help them deal with the recent economic hardships in the country, as organized labour shad insisted that, recent fuel increments, coupled with the skyrocketing prices of goods and services, are taking a toll on the Ghanaian worker.
Meanwhile, H. E Nana Addo speaking at the 11th quadrennial delegates’ congress of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 on the theme: ’75 years of TUC: Building a stronger union in a challenging world of work’, the President said: “Let me reiterate: the salary increment for public sector workers has not been frozen for the next four years”.
He noted, however, that “the truth of the matter is that we are not in normal times and I appeal to all Ghanaians, including organized labour, to assist the government in this endeavour to have rebuild our public finances and economy. We need to mobilize additional resources to cater for the new challenges confronting us while meeting other statutory requirements,” the President said.
“I, therefore, urge all Ghanaian workers, to bear with the government in these unusual and rather challenging times. I’m confident that sooner, rather than later, and together we can create the happy, progressive and prosperous nation we all desire”, he added.
And soon, a glimmer of hope came, when pay increase were announced, only to hear that, it was just a 4% increment, that was permitted Something, one Joseph Amofah, an author on Modernghana.com, will describe in his article as "4% pay rise for 2021: The weakest negotiations ever by organized labour
Well, a deeper appreciation of these facts presented above, is indicative that, it was not just a weak organized labour negotiation, but a government, that does not mind ensuring just a meagre 4% salary increase for the hard working thousands of Ghanaian working class, but a whooping 74% for the President and Vice and even a backdated salary, on top of already taken allowances for their spouses, which was rejected, thanks to Ghanaians, who chose to be citizens and not spectators, as they shouted from the mountain top.
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