• Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Employees in the public sector will see a 7% increase in basic salary. – Employment Minister

Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, has announced a 7% increase in the base wage of public sector workers for the year 2022.

According to Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the four percent raise announced in 2021 will be enhanced to seven percent.

Ignatius Baffour Awuah, speaking at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) 90th anniversary ceremony in Kumasi, said the raise will take effect immediately.

“In return, we had to negotiate with the leadership of Organised Labour, and in the process, we had to agree that we had to be modest in our request on the national kitty. The beautiful thing is that we are moving on, and we had agreed that coming into this current year, the 4 percent will no longer exist and that we are going to give workers 7 percent which is an increment. It is my hope and belief that things begin to work better for the economy of our country, so we can give our workforce a better remuneration we can actually be proud of,” Mr. Awuah said.

As part of labor discussions with the government in 2021, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) agreed on basic salary increments for public sector workers.

However, after the deal, several labor union members expressed dissatisfaction with the percentage rise, claiming it was insufficient.

In 2021, a group of public sector workers staged a rally to express their dissatisfaction and demand an increase in public sector salary.

They maintained that, given the current economic situation, the four and seven percent increase is grossly inadequate for their survival.

The group conducted a similar demonstration in Accra on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, to press their concerns against the base pay hike.

The group bemoaned the fact that the TUC’s leadership, which is intended to represent Ghanaian workers’ interests, has instead become a spokesperson for the government.

Instead, they advocated for a 25% rise in public sector compensation.

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