The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations has formed a technical committee to review the Single Spine Pay Policy, according to President Akufo-Addo.
This evaluation, he claims, will provide the government with information on whether the policy is meeting expectations.
“I am also happy to announce that, following the National Labour Conference at Kwahu, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and its tripartite partners have set up, as of Tuesday, April 26th, a technical committee to review the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP), and advise Government accordingly,” he said at the May Day ceremony on Sunday, May 1.
The subject for this year’s May Day event was “Protecting Jobs and Incomes in the Era of Covid-19 and Beyond.”
The government expects the review report in July 2022, according to President Akufo-Addo.
“This will help us put an end to most of the labor turmoil we see concerning public sector workers,” he believes.
The Government of Ghana introduced and implemented the Single Spine Pay Policy in 2010 to control the payment of public service personnel, particularly those covered by Article 190 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.
Employees in the Civil Service, the Judicial Service, the Audit Service, the Ghana Education Service, the Ghana Health Service, the Parliamentary Service, the National Fire Service, the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Local Government Service, the Police Service, and the Prisons Service, as well as workers in non-profit public corporations and statutory public services such as the Parliament, are among them.
However, there have been some setbacks to the policy.
Some of these issues, according to an assessment by Bossman E. Asare of the University of Ghana and Dennis Mpere, included a high level of public expectation, worker discontent with the grading structure, and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission’s insufficient financial and human resources (FWSC).
Inadequate education, working conditions, and worker allowances are among the others.
President Akufo-remark Addo’s comes after some government employees have gone on strike in recent months over working conditions.
The Ghana Civil and Local Government Staff Association has recently gone on strike (CLOGSAG).
On Thursday, April 21, they went on strike over the nonpayment of the neutrality allowance.
They claimed that despite official reminders and follow-ups, the Neutrality Allowance had not been paid in accordance with the agreement.
Apart from the review of the Single Spine Pay Policy, President Akufo-Addo stated that his office and key stakeholders are working on the correct measures to secure jobs and income for members of the organized labor movement.
They involve, among other things, the distribution of employment benefits and worker retraining.