Historical Analysis of Base Pay negotiation
Mr. Jerry Akporhor, Founder and Lead Educator at Informed Teachers Network says, the 2023 Base Pay negotiation likely to continue till mid year based on analysing history and posture of the parties involved.
History of single spine base pay negotiation
Speaking on the history of single spine base pay negotiation Mr. Jerry Akporhor said, Ghana’s Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) was implemented in 2010 with the goal of increasing base pay for all categories of employees under the scheme.
He explained that, from 2011 to 2019, base pay has undergone several increments, with a high of 20% recorded in 2011 and peaks of 10% in 2013, 2016, and 2019.
In 2014, the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of 10% was introduced to partially replace base pay
Base Pay increments
a. 20% in 2011
b. 18% in 2012
c. 10% in 2013
d. 13% in 2015
e. 10% in 2016
f. 12.5% in 2017
g. 11% in 2018
h. 10% in 2019
In 2014 , COLA (cost of living allowance ) negotiated at 10% was introduced to replace the base pay.
Delays in Base Pay negotiation
According to him, negotiations for base pay were typically finalized within the effective year of implementation.
The Founder and Lead Educator at Informed Teachers Network said, prior to 2016, base pay was tabled and negotiated within the effective year of implementation.
Admittedly, 2012 base pay was concluded in March 2012 with the new salary reflecting in April 2012 and the three (3) months of January, February and March 2012 increments paid in August 2012.
Also, base pay on SSSS for 2013 was finalized in August 2013 with the date of implementation as January 1, 2013.
2021 Base Pay Increment
The 2021 base pay increment was expected to be concluded and announced in 2020, with the salary adjustments incorporated in the 2021 budget.
However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed these negotiations. They were finally completed on July 1st, 2021, with an adjustment of 4% for 2021 and 7% for 2022, representing the lowest base pay increase since the inception of the Single Spine Salary Structure.