Officials of the Ghana Prisons Service told the minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Idrissu, at a high-level meeting on Tuesday that their conditions of service were very poor.
They pointed to what they described as poor salaries, allowances and pension, which they said had made life difficult for them, a report by myjoyonline.com said.
The president of the Retired Prison Officers Association, Kofi Oppong Tweneboah Kodua, who spoke on behalf of the prisons service, said eight members of staff of the orgnaisation had died within one month as a result of the hardship.
“Most of our people have developed hypertension because of the strenuous nature of the job as well as the poor pension pay which we can’t live on longer enough,” he said.
Responding, Mr Idrissu said he was aware that the prisons service were “disadvantaged in respect of your pensions and gratuity which is a computation of your basic salary which itself lacks behind relative to other security agencies under the Ministry of Interior”.
The minister recommended a unified pensions regime for all the security agencies under the Ministry of Interior or under those that operate under the laws of Ghana and are creations of the Constitution.
He pledged that the government would consider a “holistic review of the entire pension regime vis-à-vis the passage of the Pension Act (ACT 766)".