Employees of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) have issued a warning, stating their intention to embark on a series of industrial actions if the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission fails to reinstate their allowances.
Samuel Nat Kevor, the Divisional Union Chairman of GBC, emphasized the need for the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to reverse its decision to withdraw staff allowances or face the consequences.
The removal of allowances has led to dissatisfaction among GBC employees, who feel that their hard work is not being adequately acknowledged and rewarded.
Employees are questioning whether the withdrawal of allowances is a result of IMF conditions aimed at reducing the country's wage bill.
As a result of the new arrangement, certain GBC staff members will experience a 33% reduction in their current salaries.
In addition to demanding the reinstatement of allowances, the employee union has called for the dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission.
The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has initiated a Nationwide Payroll Monitoring Exercise in collaboration with the Internal Audit Agency, following the FWSC Act of 2007.
During this exercise, it was discovered that some GBC staff members were receiving allowances they were not entitled to, including rent, housing, utility, vehicle maintenance, and transportation allowances.
Mr. Kevor issued a warning, stating that if their allowances are not reinstated, the employees will escalate their industrial actions and pursue legal measures to have the decision reversed.
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