President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has allayed the fears of public sector workers that the government will freeze their salary increase.
Addressing the 11th quadrennial delegates congress of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) at Abankro in the Ejisu Municipality yesterday, the President said: “Let me reiterate, the salary increments for public sector workers have not been frozen.”
President Akufo-Addo stated this in response to a concern raised by the Secretary-General of the TUC, Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, that if the government took the advice of the Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Dr Samuel Nii Noi Ashong, that there would be no salary increment, it could lead to serious agitations on the labour front.
What Dr Ashong said
Last Wednesday, Dr Ashong appealed to public sector workers to be moderate in their demand for a huge rise in wages in the coming years.
Speaking at the opening of a virtual seminar on the 2021 Budget and Economic Policy Statement, Dr Ashong stated that the government did not have enough money in its coffers to meet demands for pay increment, hence the need for public sector workers to be modest in their demand going forward.
Besides, he said, the decision would provide the government with the needed fiscal space to implement the appropriate measures that could help salvage the country’s economy from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you look at the budget, COVID-19 is not expected to abate until the end of 2023 and we are all looking to tighten our belts for a while and so, people should not be expecting huge wage increases in the course of the next few years. This is because the government does not have enough money to support such demands,” he said.
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