Issues relating to unemployment have become topical because there are huge numbers of the youth who are unemployed. Many graduate from schools expecting to be absorbed into the public sector only to find themselves without a job for years. Government after government have made a myriad of promises and yet they produce very little as compared to the gargantuan promises they made.
A group calling itself Anchoring Democracy Advocacy Movement Ghana, have on the 14th October 2021, released a press release. It is about the government's desire to stop paying workers who defy a given directive. This release was signed by Mr. Azubila Emmanuel Abdul-Salam, Executive Secretary, and Mr. Ibrahim A. Mumuni, Director of Operations.
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.
Public sector workers are not in any way happy about the percentage of Increment that is placed on their salaries. They are doing everything possible to get the percentage increased to either ten percent or fifteen percent. Various organisations are collaborating to make known their grievances to the government and other stakeholders.
Sammy Gyamfi Tells Government The 3 Reason Ghanaians Will Not Accept Salaries For Presidential Wives
The Political Atmosphere in Ghana is currently heating up as the day goes by and this can be pointed to the fact that several Ghanaians are against Professor Yaa Ntiamoa Baidu Emoluments Committee Report recommending for the payment of salaries to the spouses of President and Vice President. Most Ghanaians have been calling on the government to let their Spouses to refund all allowances and salaries paid them.
Series of strike actions building up in the country as the Ghana National Association of Teachers in a crunch meeting with other Labour union Representatives on the infamous 4% salary increment across board for public sector workers. Union leaders have been accused by their members as incompetent for accepting 4% salary increment across board for all public sector workers for the year 2021, the most annoying part is the 7% salary increment for the year 2022.
The National Graduate of Teachers as part of their May Day celebration urges government to increase the salaries of public workers most especially teachers in other to meet the high economic rate.According to Nagrat the inflation rate of the economy in commodities like building materials does not match with the salaries of low income earners especially teachers.
Teacher Unions at Loggerheads with Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations on New Salary base pay Teacher Unions, Ghana National Association of Teachers(GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers(NAGRAT), Coalition of Concern Teachers(CCT) have been on negotiations with government on New salary base pay for teachers since December, 2020. The Joint Negotiation Committee(JNC),
Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) was introduced by the erstwhile Mahama administration from the later of 2013 to March 2015.The motive for COLA was to mitigate the high cost of living at that time.Sources have it that the Teacher Unions are still in negotiations with the Ministry of Labour, Labour Commission and Fair Wages and Salaries Commission for an increment in teachers' salaries.
Few hours ago,the National Tripartite Committee (NTC) announced that there has been an increment in the daily minimum wage for all workers in the country. According to a communique that was released by the Committee, Daily Minimum Wage has been increased by 6% and will move up by 8% in 2022.
The employment and labour relations ministry recently sent an invitation to all stakeholders involved in the determination of the daily minimum wage for 2021.According to experts, daily minimum wages are determined a year before.This year's minimum wage was supposed to be determined last year but because of the covid 19 pandemic things it wasn't determined.
The biggest opposition party at the moment, National Democratic Congress through its youth wing in a statement has noted that they will challenge the approval of salaries for Mrs Rebbeca Akufo-Addo and Mrs Samira Bawumia at the Apex court of the country. His Excellency the president build up a committee to make recommendation to Parliament and to him about salaries and allowances that is payable to the wife of the President and that of his vice.
The Public Services Joint Standing Negotiating Committee (PSJSNC) which consists of representatives of the TUC (Ghana), the Security Service and other Labour Unions operating within the Public Sector is negotiating the Base Pay for 2021 and 2022. 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.
The Organised Labour Union that comprises of some major groups in Ghana and the Trade Union Cooperation which is also part of the Union has released a press statement to make public sector workers understand the basis of the four percent increase. Teachers, Nurses, Doctors and other public sector workers are against the four percent increase for 2021 and seven percent increase for 2022.
In line with section 113 (1)(a) of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), the National Tripartite Committee (NTC) has finally concluded negotiations with it's component organisations to increase the minimum wage for 2021 and that of 2022 in a letter signed and issued on Thursday, June 3.