Good news, Information reaching seekersnwsgh indicates government has publicly Exempted Pension Funds from Debt Exchange Programme.
Debt exchange programme: Gov’t exempts pension funds
Government of Ghana has exempted pension funds from the recently lunched debt exchange programme.
This is after Organised Labour mount excessive pressure on government to do so else face it wrath.
3news.com report after a crunch meeting with Organised Labour on Thursday, December 22, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, gave utmost assurances that pensions of all workers will be exempt from the Programme.
The Programme, launched on Monday, December 5 and expected to take off next month, was announced as part of austerity measures to save the economy from collapse.
By the Programme, government was going to re-introduce coupons for domestic bonds, whose maturity could go to 2037.
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Reports of the inclusion workers’ pensions stirred agitations among workers, who gave government a 7-day ultimatum to exempt their contributions, most of which were lodged in government vaults.
After the ultimatum elapsed, Organised Labour declared intention to proceed on strike from Tuesday, December 27.
“We are asking government to exempt us from the debt exchange programme,” Secretary General of Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) Dr Anthony Yaw Baah told journalists at a press conference in Accra on Monday, December 19.
“We have already told the world that if government doesn’t do that, we will advise ourselves. Today, we are here to announce the advice.
“The advice is very simple. We have all agreed that because the government has refused to grant our request, we have decided firmly that all workers of Ghana are going to strike on December 27, 2022, and we will be on strike until our demands are met.”
But the meeting with the Finance Minister is said to have made them withdraw the threat.
An official announcement, however, is yet to be made by labour
Upon this Public announcement all impending Strike actions would seize.