Public sector workers are set to enjoy a seven per cent increment in their base pay for the year 2022 as announced by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah.
The Minister clarified that the initial 12% announced is what will now be increased to 7%.
He revealed this during the 90th-anniversary ceremony of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT ) where he indicated that it immediately takes effect.
“In return, we had to negotiate with the leadership of Organized 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 per cent will no longer exist and that we are going to give workers 7 per cent 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.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) agreed on the base pay increments for public sector workers in 2021 as part of labour negotiations with the government.
Some members of the labour unions were not satisfied with the percentage as they expressed their disappointment at the percentage increase, saying it was too small.
This was followed by a demonstration in 2021 by a coalition made up of public sector workers to express their anger and demand an upward review of public sector salaries.
They said the four and seven per cent increment is woefully inadequate for their survival, considering the current economic hardship.
A similar demonstration on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, was held by the group in Accra to drum home their demands against the base pay increment.
The group complained that the leadership of TUC, which is supposed to seek the interest of Ghanaian workers, had rather become a mouthpiece for the government.
They called for public sector salaries to be increased by 25% instead.