The government has approved a 23% increment in the base pay within the single-spine salary structure for all public sector workers. This decision follows extensive negotiations with organized labor.
Speaking to the media, the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, explained that the government and the labor unions agreed that the minimum wage would be reviewed upwards by 22%, averaging from 14.88 to GH¢18.15. He added that the 23 percent will apply across the board from January 2024 to June 2024, after which it will go up to 25 percent from July 2024 to December 2024.
Addressing a news conference after the salary increase, the Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Dr. Yaw Baah, said they have concluded that the national base pay will be increased by 23%.
He expressed optimism that the government will diligently implement the decision and added that this year’s wage negotiations have been the most difficult ones for him.
The Executive Secretary of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), Dr. Isaac Bampoe Addo, is, however, not enthused about the increment. He tasked the government with having enough money to give to labor in their next negotiations, adding that to achieve this, the government ought to start looking at the waste in our system.
According to Dr. Bampoe Addo, government upon government has always complained about money and given all sorts of reasons; however, things ought to change.
Those who appended their signatures to the agreement were Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister for Employment and Labour Relations; Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC); Benjamin Arthur, Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission; and Dr. Isaac Bampo Addo, Chairman of FORUM.