Good news: public sector workers to enjoy 7% base pay rise – employment minister

The minister of Employment and Labour Relations Ignatius Bafour Awuah has announced that all public sector workers will from 2022 enjoy a pay rise of 7% on their base pay.

Ignatuis Bafour Awuah, the Employment Minister indicated that the 4% percent that was announced earlier in 2021, will now be increased to 7% in 2022.

Speaking at the 6th Quadrennial and 53rd National Delegate conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the minister of employment indicated that the 7% base pay rise of public sector workers will take immediate effect.

“In return, we had to negotiate with the leadership of Organised Labour, and in the process, we had to agree that we had to be modest in our request on the national kitty. The beautiful thing is that we are moving on, and we had agreed that coming into this current year, the 4 percent will no longer exist and that we are going to give workers 7 percent which is an increment. It is my hope and belief that things begin to work better for the economy of our country, so we can give our workforce a better remuneration we can actually be proud of,” Mr. Ignatuis Bafour stated.

In 2021 the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) agreed on the 4% and 7% base pay rise for all public sector workers for the 2021 and 2022 years respectively.

Some members of the Labour unions later came out to disagree with the agreed base pay percentages saying it was too small for their survival depending on the economic hardship in the country.

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Some of them demonstrate on the major street of Accra and Kumasi to drive home their demands of an upward adjustment of the base pay percentages for 2021 and 2022.

The group was asking for Government to increase their base pay percentage to 25% which will help cushion them in this economic hardship.

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