The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu has announced a slight increment in the daily minimum wage for Ghanaian workers.
The new increase, a 10% addition, will take effect from January 2017.
Hon. Iddrisu announced the increase at a meeting of the National Tripartite Committee comprising of representatives from the Ghana Employers Association, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), other labour unions, and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
The previous daily minimum wage of GHS 8.00 has been protested against by many labour unions who believe that it was too small an amount.
However, following lengthy deliberations and negotiations that have spanned months, it is expected that the new daily wage of GHS 8.80 would help calm down the agitated labour force.
Many people have however remained that the new wage is still too low.
The new minimum wage suggests that a worker will earn at most GHS 220 per month when being paid minimum wage. This amount is less than the GHS 300 paid to National Service Personel.
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