Organized labour-gov’t meeting on base pay ends inconclusively

Trade Union Congress

The much-anticipated meeting between organized labour and the government to discuss an increment in base pay has concluded inconclusively.

Organized labour has been advocating for a 45 percent increase in base pay, with the aim of subsequently raising overall salaries.

Joshua Ansah, the Deputy Secretary-General of the (TUC), expressed the union's desire for a fair increase in the ongoing negotiations.

He stated, “Negotiations should come up with something better, so we are expecting something better for labour and the government itself, and I don't want to talk about a percentage. Last year, we had 30 percent, and we are hoping for an improvement of the 30 percent.”

Initially, organized labour had demanded a 60% rise in base pay across all levels for the 2023 fiscal year. However, several meetings failed to yield positive results for government workers.

As a resolution, the government agreed to increase the base pay on the Single Spine Salary Structure by 30% for all public sector workers, effective January 1, 2023.

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