The meeting for negotiations on the 2023 Base Pay between the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and the Public Service Workers (Labour Unions) which took place on Wednesday, 30th November, 2022 at the Ministry of Health auditorium in Accra has ended without any proper outcome.
Reports from the meeting indicate that, the Government represented by the FWSC proposed 18% Base Pay but the Labour Unions still rejected the offer.
The Organised Labour has again revised its proposed Base Pay from 60% to 65% due increase in taxes stated in the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy presented to Parliament by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
Mr Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary, Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana reiterated that, the new figure was being proposed due to the increment in taxes proposed in the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
“Our demand is reasonable looking at the new tax increments in the 2023 Budget. We have realized that some of the decisions made by the government won’t help our members if we take the 60 percent. Take for instance, the increment of VAT by 2.5 percent.” He explained.
Isaac Bampoe Addo reemphasized that, the Labour Unions will not take anything below a 60% rise.
This was presented at the fourth round of negotiations for next year’s salary with the Government on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
At the previous negotiations, the government offered a 15 per cent rise, saying the highly-indebted economy could not sustain a higher wage bill.
According to the Labour Unions, their grounds remain the economic hardship and the enormous taxes placed on goods and services. The Labour unions are very stern on their position and do not seem ready to back down.
The meeting, however, closed inconclusively after the parties could not reach an amicable agreement.
The next stage is mediation by the National Labour Commission (NLC) if the parties are still not able to reach any agreement in the foreseeable future.
As of now, the deliberations have ended and the meeting has been adjourned until further notice.
LABOUR UNIONS SALARY PROPOSALS
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GOVERNMENT SALARY PROPOSALS
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