Public sector workers to enjoy 40% increase in salaries, allowances from 2020

Public sector workers to enjoy 40% increase in salaries, allowances from 2020

- Public sector workers are to enjoy up to a 40 percent increment in categories two and three allowances

- This increment comes in addition to a 12 percent increase in base pay, set to begin in 2020

- Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, made the announcement on Monday September 2, 2019

Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that public sector workers, beginning 2020, are to enjoy up to a 40 percent increment in categories Two and Three allowances, in addition to a 12 percent increase in base pay.

The agreement was arrived at a meeting of the Public Services Joint Standing Negotiating Committee (PSJNC), which comprises organised labour, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Ministry of Finance.

The Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, announcing this on Monday September 2, 2019, said although the 11 percent increase in the minimum wage was not enough, under the circumstances, it was the best bargain the union could get for workers.

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He said if the government’s projection of lowering inflation to eight percent by 2020 was achieved, “it will be the first time in 20 years that we are getting a four percentage point increase in salary over inflation and that is something we should all be happy about”.

Dr Baah, therefore, called on all to work hard to ensure that the inflation projection for next year was achieved.

In other news, the National Daily Minimum Wage (NDMW) would be increased by 11 percent beginning from the year 2020.

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This means the current 2019 NDMW of GHC 10.65 will increase to GHC 11.82 effective next year.

The increment is in pursuance to the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) section 113 (1) (a) and the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations urged all companies and institutions to adjust their wages according to the new NDMW.

The Minister further warned that institutions that flout the new rate will not be spared and will be dealt with, according to the laws of the country.

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