Organised Labour revises demand for base pay increment to 65 per cent

By Jesse Ampah Owusu

Accra, Nov. 30, GNA – The Organised Labour in Ghana has asked the Government to increase the base pay of public sector workers to 65 per cent instead of the initial 60 per cent demand.

This was presented at the fourth round of negotiations for next year’s salary with the Government on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

The meeting, however, closed inconclusive after the parties could not reach an agreement.

Mr Isaac Bampoe Addo, Executive Secretary, Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana, said the new figure was being proposed due to the increment in taxes proposed in the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

“Our demand is reasonable looking at the new tax increments in the 2023 Budget,”he said.

“We have realised that some of the decisions made by the government won’t help our members if we take the 60 percent – take for instance, the increment of VAT by 2.5 percent.”

He emphasised that they would not take anything below a 60 per cent rise.

However, the government in the meeting proposed an 18 per cent increment.

At the previous negotiations, the government offered a 15 per cent rise, saying the highly-indebted economy could not sustain a higher wage bill.