Drivers of MPs threaten demo over scanty salaries

Drivers of MPs threaten demo over scanty salaries

- Drivers of Members of Parliament have threatened to demonstrate over poor wages

- According to them, they are being paid on the dashboard, without proper documentation

The drivers of Members of Parliament have said they cannot continue receiving their monthly salaries on vehicle dashboards.

They claim apart from the salary being meagre, they are not covered by any insurance and that puts their job security in future at stake.

Drivers, some of whom said are paid a meagre amount of GH¢ 400 monthly, are therefore planning to hit the streets to protest their conditions of service.

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In an interview with Onua FM’s Yen Sempa on Friday, one of the drivers, Afrifa Katakyie, explained that apart from being paid on dashboards, there was no proper documentation of their conditions of service since their agreements with the MPs were done merely by word of mouth.

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He said that they work deep into the night and have little time for their families but they stand to lose should an MP also lose his or her seat in Parliament.

Afrifa Katakyie said they want Parliament to increase their remuneration and allowances for public holidays since they work on such days.

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When Yen Sempa contacted the Public Affairs Director of Parliament, Kate Addo, she explained that the drivers were contracted by individual MPs without the involvement of her office.

She advised the drivers to deal with their individual MPs since Parliament does not know the conditions under which they were employed.

Meanwhile, Ghanaians have taken to social media to dare their legislators on proposals to build a new parliamentary chamber at an expected cost of $200 million, using the hashtag #DropThat Chamber.

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#DropThatChamber is trending on Twitter and Facebook because Ghanaian parliamentarians are planning to build for themselves, a new 450-seater chamber that the House's majority leader says will not cost more than $200 million or a little over GHC 1 billion.

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