A meeting between the government and organised labour to discuss the 60% increment in base pay has ended inconclusively.
The next meeting has been scheduled for Monday 21st November, 2022.
The Executive Secretary of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOGSAG), Isaac Bampoe Addo, explaining what transpired in the meeting, said government is yet to take a decision on their proposal.
For this reason, Mr. Bampoe Addo said the meeting with government was adjourned to enable government come up with a “proper mandate” for the negotiations to proceed.
“As of now, no decision on the proposals that we gave has been given to us,… we hope that at the next adjourned date, something good could come out,” he said.
Also, the Deputy Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Bright Wereko Brobbey says government couldn’t reach any consensus with organized labour, hence the decision to adjourn the meeting.
He was optimistic that the negotiations will come to an end in their next meeting.
“Once there is that spirit of negotiations, there is that willingness to negotiate why should there be disturbances? We will make sure that by next week, it is finished and satisfactory to both parties,” he said.
Organised Labour is calling for a 60% base pay. The Group in a release cited the rising inflation and the 15% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) granted on the National Daily Minimum Wage as grounds for their proposal.
“Due to the inflationary trends and the fact that 15% COLA has been granted on the National Daily Minimum Wage (NDMW). We humbly propose that a 60% increase on the 2022 Base Pay should be considered,” a portion of the letter read.
According to Organised Labour, a huge gap has been created between the National Daily Minimum Wage and the Base Pay as a result of accepting COLA instead of normal salary increase and granting increases in the National Daily Minimum Wage.
The group said currently, the 2022 daily Base Pay on the 2022 Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) is 16.26% below the 2022 daily minimum wage.
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