It won’t be in the interest of Government or labour for a further delay in Base pay negotiations- Thomas Musa
Acccording to GNAT General Secretary Thomas Musa on the Joynews AM show with Benjamin Akakpo on Tuesday January 3rd, 2022 discussing the Ghana’s Education Sector
A look at what Government should priorities this Year.
Thomas Musa said, the Employer has three main responsibilities
- To employee Competent Staff
- Provide the Competent Staff with the Necessary tools to work efficiently
- Provide supervision
According to Him the Employer has failed in some of it’s duties citing for example the non payment of the capitation grant for 2021 and 2022 single payment which 50% has to be used for examination.
On Free SHS
Government must be commended for the free SHS but it’s time to review the programme for those who can pay to come on board to help.
” We must Adopt the the equity system in the Educational Sector” – Thomas Musa
According to Thomas Musa, The PTA, the Chiefs, The Old Boys, SMC etc must all be brought back to help revive the Senior High Schools as they form integral part of the Senior High Schools. .
According to him, the agreement between government and Teachers was that 20% of a Teachers gross pay was to be given as allowance, for accepting to teach in the rural areas, some of these areas have only one teacher, teaching the whole school but about 12 years down the line and nothing has been paid.
Previous Base Pay increments
Since the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission began the PSJSNC in 2010, the increment in base pay for public sector workers has kept declining with the worse seen in 2021 and 2022, 4% and 7% respectively.
In 2011, the increment was 20 per cent and that was considered the highest.
Subsequently, the numbers began declining, as in 2012 an 18 per cent increment was given and that reduced to 10 percent in 2013.
In 2014, there was no increment but rather, the tripartite agreed to a 10 per cent offer of cost of living allowance (COLA) to cushion workers and 3 % increment plus COLA which became 15 per cent in 2015.
In the subsequent years, the agreed increment for 2016 was (10 per cent),
2017 increment was (12.5 per cent )
2018 increment was (11 per cent).
A 10 per cent increment was offered in both 2019 and 2020.
In 2021 increment was 4% and 7% for 2022 and later Cost of living allowance of 15% added.
The 2023 Base pay negotiations should have been completed April 2022, which was not done.
Would there be industrial Action? According to Thomas Musa, It wouldn’t be in anyone’s interest to further delay the process.
Organised Labour would take a decision when Base pay negotiations delays.