GBC Staff threaten to strike over the withdrawal of allowances by the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission
The staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has threatened to embark on an industrial action if the CEO of Fair Wages and Salary Commission, Ben Arthur, does not reverse his decision to deny GBC workers their legitimate allowances.
Speaking at a news briefing at Broadcasting House in Accra on Tuesday, May 23, the Divisional Union Chairman of GBC, Sam Nat Kevor, said workers will engage in a series of actions if, by the end of this month, those allowances do not reflect on their payslips.
Mr. Nat Kevor also categorically stated that there is no labourer at GBC enjoying any Computer and Domestic Staff Allowances as speculated by Mr. Ben Arthur.
He said what the CEO of Fair Wages and Salary Commission told the media about staff of GBC enjoying an eighty-two percent increment on non-core allowance being increased in newly negotiated allowances, are palpable falsehoods spearheaded by Ben Arthur to deny workers what is due them.
Mr. Kevor also emphatically stated that the said allowances are two and constitute twenty-two percent and not eighty-two percent.
Chairman of the Senior Management Staff Union, Alhaji Tahiru Haruna Mohammed, expressed disappointment in the Finance Ministry and the Internal Audit Agency for not doing proper analysis and cross-checking of data when they were copied by the FWSC.
Second Trustee of the Public Service Workers Union (PSWU), Michael Allotey, said he was saddened by the actions of the Chief Executive of the Fair Wages Commission describing the Commission’s action as a total disrespect to GBC workers.
He said the decisions of the CEO clearly betrays incompetence and called for a proper assessment of his work.
Meeting Minister of Information
Meanwhile, the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has met the Leadership of GBC and Fair Wages and Salaries Commission. The closed-door meeting was held on Tuesday, May 23, as part of efforts to resolve emerging issues on GBC Payroll Monitoring. GBC was represented by the Director-General, Prof Amin Alhassan, whilst the Chief Executive of Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Ben Arthur represented the Commission.