The leadership of the Accra Branch of the Public Services Workers’ Union (PSWU) of Trade Union (TUC) has given government till Friday 28th May 2021 to conclude negotiation on consequential adjustment for the new minimum wage.
In a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting in Accra on Thursday, demanded government to fast track and conclude negotiations before the end of May.
It said they are troubled by continuous increases in cost of living for workers and the impending increases in taxes through the introduction of additional levies’
“Do hereby resolve and call on Government and all relevant stakeholders to:
- Fast track and conclude negotiation on the Minimum Wage by 28th May, 2021.
- Ensure the determination of realistic and enhanced increment in the minimum wage and base pay relative to previous trends.
- Ensure that the concluded rates for the Minimum Wage and base pay for 2021 is paid effective 1st January, 2021 with all arrears paid to workers” PSWU said.
The communiqué was jointly signed by Branch Chairman, Bro. Boakye Yiadom, and Branch Acting Secretary, Bro. Dr. Ebo Crentsil.
PSWU said since the last national minimum wage dialogue, workers had suffered astronomical hike in the prices of essential goods and services.
Furthermore, it said petroleum price had been hiked per litre.
It also said that electricity had been increased. Value Added Tax recently adjusted
They blamed the government negotiating team for its insensitivity to the sacrifices being made by Ghanaian workers, adding that such uncooperative attitude had led to the delay in reaching a deal on the implementation of the minimum wage.