MPs’ drivers cry over GH¢ 400 salary; appeal for increment

MPs’ drivers cry over GH¢ 400 salary; appeal for increment

- Drivers of MPs have raised concerns over their meager salaries

- The drivers, in a petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, asked him to intervene to help improve their conditions of service

Some drivers of Ghana’s Parliamentarians have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to implore lawmakers to increase their salaries.

In a petition sent to the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye, the drivers lamented that they are paid a “meagre amount of GH¢ 400” monthly.

They, therefore, appealed to the Speaker to intervene to help improve their conditions of service.

MPs’ drivers cry over GH¢ 400 salary; appeal for increment

MPs’ drivers cry over GH¢ 400 salary. Source: Supplied

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The drivers also want to have proper contracts with lawmakers with regards to remuneration for their services.

According to them, they do not feel secured because their work agreement with the MPs have only been oral.

Right Honourable Speaker, our terms of engagement by our employers (Honourable Members of Parliament has largely been oral. Without any rules of engagement which makes our bosses to use their discretion to pay us meager amount of GH¢ 400.00 as monthly salary.

“Subject to the labour Act 2003, Act 651, section 67, employees’ remuneration are enshrined in the Act of which we are pleading for increment in salaries which we believe can help us to survive the economy,” the petition read.

The drivers also complained about there being no social security for them since the MPs do not pay their contributions to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

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They called on the Speaker to help convince lawmakers to give them allowances when they work on public holidays.

We are hired and fired at the MPs’ own discretion. We hope and plead to your outfit to help streamline it including payment of our Social Security and National Insurance Trust which are not being paid,” the drivers said in the petition.

We the drivers over the past years have formed a welfare union to seek for better conditions. We humbly plead to the leadership to come into negotiation with us for us to have a collective bargaining agreement, and we believe this agreement will help stimulate our responsibilities, duties and our entitlements,” the petition added.

This is the second time that drivers of Ghana’s Parliamentarians have complained about receiving poor salaries.

In 2011, similar concerns were raised with some lamenting that they earn as low of GH¢80.

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