Workers in Ghana have been going through some difficult times this 2022 given the economic situation of the country. With inflation hitting an all-time high in about three decades, the disposable income of Ghanaians has dwindled significantly. To help cushion the worker and minimize the harsh economic situation brought largely by the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russian- Ukraine war, the state has agreed to pay workers their Cost of Living Allowance after a long period of negotiations with the government.
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The Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), Benjamin Arthur, says the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) is breaking the labour laws with its ongoing strike and should therefore call it off and return to the negotiating table. “Trust me every worker in Ghana deserves his or her pay and I wish they are made better.
In the wake of economic hardship being experienced by many Ghanaians including salaried workers, a significant number of teachers employed by the Ghana Education Service (GES) have called on their teacher union leaders to organize a demonstration or strike action. According to the teachers, the purpose of the industrial action is to put pressure on the government to begin the payment of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
An economist and former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Professor Stephen Adei is urging public sector workers not to expect any fat pay-cheques from the government – their employer. Public sector workers are asking that the government should index their salaries on the current inflation rate of 19.4 percent.
Teacher Unions in Ghana are set to declare strike on 5th July, 2022 over non-payment of Cost of Living Allowance for teachers. This decision by the three teacher unions has come as a result of government’s failure to meet the demands of the teachers. Salary Payment Voucher (popularly called Validation) for June, 2022 has confirmed that the government failed to pay teachers their cost of living allowance.
Following the recent demand by organised labour on the cost of living allowance over which teachers are currently on strike. The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations organised an emergency meeting between the Ministry and Organized Labour. The meeting was attended by representatives from Education, National Security, Finance, etc.
My take. I am much more particular to this industrial action and I hope it ends well. 20% COLA shouldn't be the impulse to the call of many strike actions from various unionized groups under the Trades Union Congress of Ghana. I am actually looking for a total industrial revolution, (people must attach political motivation).
Following the ongoing teachers strike and various labour agitations demanding for COLA, the article below seeks to suggest the better way through. The only thing that will solve the problem for every Ghanaian worker is for all workers, TUC, organised labour and other Labour unions should go on strike to demand immediate amendment of the 1992 constitution.
The government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo is set to face a new pressure from the TUC and Organized Labour over disparities in salaries structure and pensions between Article 71 office holders and public servants. The new agenda of TUC and Organized Labour is believed to put more pressure on the government as the unions seek to equalise the disparity in payment administration between article 71 office holders and Public Sector workers.
Members of the Ghana Toll Workers Union have embarked on a protest to demand their reassignment and payment of six-month salary arrears from the government. The protest began at the Accra Southern Toll Gate and is expected to continue until their demands are met. The protest is the latest in a series of actions by the union to address their concerns, which include their inability to secure their work sites and the slow pace at which the government has acted on its promise to reassign the workers.
With exactly one week to this year’s May Day celebration, the Akufo-Addo Administration is coming under increasing pressure to return to ‘living wage’ talks with organized labor or be forced to contend with strikes by public sector workers. There is anger and discontent over the huge pay difference between Article 71 office holders and the other public sector employees and things could boil over.
Vice President of Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), and the People’s National Congress (PNC), Mr. Henry Asante has stated that Ghanaians need an evident pay cut as announced by President Akufo-Addo but not only a word of mouth. President Akufo-Addo has announced his decision to offer 30% of his salary and extend the salary cut to all Article 71 Office holders to relieve the nation’s coffers of the current pressures.
Good News To Public Workers, As Fair Wages And Salaries Commission Agrees To Meet All Unions On COLA
The Fair Wages And Salaries Commission following the ongoing Pre-tertiary teacher's strike and other labour agitations for a 20% COLA has finally agreed to meet the teacher unions and all Organised labours in the various sectors. A release by the commission dated 8th July 2022 reads; "Following the emergency meeting held between the Government Team and Organised Labour on 8th July, 2022 to discuss the Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA), Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) respectfully writes to invite representatives of each Union to a meeting."
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.
The National Labour Commission following the industrial action embarked on by Pre- tertiary teachers has issued a new statement to address the issue. They have asked all the teacher unions to discontinue the strike and go back to work for engagement and negotiations to begin. A statement released on Monday, 4th July 2022, signed by Ofosu Asamoah the Executive Secretary of the Commission reads;
An Emergency Meeting of the Management Committee and representatives from the over 65 institutions that make up the Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has birthed an industrial action slated for July 19, 2022, across the country. The decision to resort to strike, the union said, is a result of the government’s failure to respond to its demand for the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The issue of Ex-gratia has been on the lips of many Ghanaians for a couple of weeks now. This has necessitated the need to come out with everything about the famous Ex-Gratia. Now let us dig into the issue(Ex-gratia) proper. The term ex-gratia is Latin for "by favour", and is most often used in a legal context.
The Secretary-General for the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Dr Yaw Baah has said that they will work together with organised labour groups to end the unfairness in remunerations for the Public Sector Workers. According to him, because of the unfairness in remunerations for workers in the public sector, the essence of Socisl Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) as a pensions package for Public Sector Workers is missing.
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.