According to a document intercepted by Joy News an officer of the police service is entitled, in each year, to a clothing allowance of at least 30 percent of that officer’s a basic annual salary.
Also, an officer of the service is entitled, on the first appointment, to a lump sum, determined by the board, to cater for the wardrobe of that officer.
So we ask could this be the cause of the recent industrial action...? Find out more what the police officer takes home below.
POLICE SERVICE REGULATIONS, 2012 C.I 76
Where an officer is appointed to act for a period of not less than 30 days in a post other than the officer's own post, the officer shall be paid a monthly acting allowance of twenty percent of the officer's monthly basic salary
Where an officer proceeds on a training course or conference or official duty in a temperate climate, the officer shall be paid a warm clothing allowance determined by the Minister responsible for Finance.
Under what is described as a Batman allowance, a senior officer would be entitled to receive twenty per cent of his or her basic monthly salary.
An officer of the Criminal Investigation Department is entitled to a clothing allowance of ten per cent of that officer's basic monthly salary at the end of each month.
An officer is entitled to 40 per cent of that officer's basic monthly salary as duty allowance at the end of each month.
An officer whose duties involve climbing heights of thirty metres or more is entitled to receive an allowance of twenty per cent of that officer's basic monthly salary a day for any day that the officer climbs that height and the climbing is certified by the officer's immediate senior officer.
An officer who travels in a personal vehicle in the discharge of official duties shall be paid kilometric allowance at the rate approved by the Minister responsible for Finance.
The Inspector-General, a Deputy Inspector-General, a Director- General, or a Regional Commander is entitled to forty percent of that officer's basic monthly salary as responsibility allowance.
The Inspector-General, Deputy Inspector-General, Schedule officers, and Regional and Divisional Commanders, are each entitled to 10 percent of monthly basic salary as entertainment allowance.
An officer is entitled to thirty-three one-third per cent of that officer's monthly basic salary as risk allowance and this allowance is payable at the end of each month.
An officer with the requisite professional qualification who discharges duties pertaining to that profession shall be paid a market premium at levels that may be determined by the Inspector-General in consultation with the Fair Wages Commission and with the approval of the Council.
Where an officer who travels on official duty outside the duty station of that officer pays for boarding and lodging, that officer is entitled to be paid subsistence allowance at the rates determined by the Inspector of Police with the approval of the Council.
With an exception, an officer living beyond one kilometre from the place of work is entitled transport to and from the place of work of that officer.
An officer who proceeds on transfer or posting from one station or post to another within different Regions is entitled to a transfer grant of one month basic salary as allowance.
Also, where an officer is obliged to provide a personal set of tools for the performance of official duties, that officer is entitled to fifteen per cent of that officer's basic monthly salary as tools allowance.
An officer who uses a personal vehicle in the performance of official duties is entitled to a vehicle maintenance allowance at the rate approved by the Minister responsible for Finance and Economic Planning.
PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS
Meanwhile, information available to Joy News suggests the other public sector workers including the striking doctors have seen the document and may be basing their demands on this document.
The Ghana Medical Association has insisted other public sector workers enjoy bigger conditions than what they are asking for.
The doctors have been on strike for a week now demanding better conditions of service, part of which includes 40% of basic salaries as accommodation allowance per month, 20 percent as core duty facilitation allowance, 30% clothing allowance, 20% maintenance allowance, 20% utility allowance, 50% as professional allowance and 25% special risk allowance and vehicle tax exemption to doctors.
But the Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission Benjamin Smith Graham says the ultimatum given by the doctors to conclude negotiations will not work and asked the GMA to follow due process.