Some government workers in the Tamale Metropolis have hit the streets in protest over the 4 and 7 percent increment of wages for 2021 and 2022.

The peaceful march, which started at the Jubilee Park saw the protestors march through the major streets in the Metropolis, carrying placards some of which read, ‘Mr president, fix the salaried worker’, ‘we cannot survive with 4% and 7%’, ‘Article 71 holders are very wicked group’, among others.

Public workers in Tamale protest over percentage increment in wages for 2021/2022

Speaking after the march, Executive Secretary of the Coalition Against TUC and Organised Labour, Azubila Abdul Salam Emmanuel wondered how the leadership of organised labour would accept increments of salaries without knowing the financial projections for 2022.

Public workers in Tamale protest over percentage increment in wages for 2021/2022

He said the increment of the 2020 salary is not just a killer increment but an insult to the Ghanaian worker.

He said the leadership of the union failed them because they were in for their own interest and not for the interest of the workers.

Public workers in Tamale protest over percentage increment in wages for 2021/2022

“As workers of this country who are working and to make sure that our country moves forward, we contribute money every month to our union leaders, make sure that they go and sit at the tripartite committee and speak our language. Unfortunately, they went and negotiated into their pocket instead of ours,” he said

Public workers in Tamale protest over percentage increment in wages for 2021/2022

He expressed disappointment at the reason given by the TUC.

Mr Emmanuel said government cannot increase Article 71 holders and yet tell workers the country is not in normal times therefore, they cannot increase beyond what they have offered.

“I believe leadership by example if government thinks that we are not in normal times then they could have cancelled Article 71 officeholders salaries increment for 2021 but we saw that the President said he refunded his salary what we are saying is that it’s a kneejerk reaction,” he added.

Public workers in Tamale protest over percentage increment in wages for 2021/2022

Mr Emmanuel said prices of goods and services continue to increase each day, making it difficult for workers to survive.

He gave an ultimatum of fourteen days for the leadership to return to the negotiations table or face the collapse of the various unions.

Public workers in Tamale protest over percentage increment in wages for 2021/2022

Director of Operations for the Coalition Against TUC, Adam Mumuni has cautioned the leadership of the Workers Union that they will not relent in their fight against them so long as they keep negotiating into their pockets instead of the interest of the Ghanaian worker.



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