Ghanaian government, labor agree on new national minimum wage

The Ghanaian government and organized labor have agreed on a 10 percent increase in base salary from 2016.

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The increment, which is for all public sector workers, takes effect starting January next year, Minister of Employment and Labor Relations Haruna Iddrisu announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

TUCHe said the national tripartite committee comprising the government, employers association and organized labor had concluded negotiations on the national daily minimum wage, which had been increased from seven cedis (1.89 U.S. dollars) to eight cedis.

He urged employers, particularly those in the private sector, to comply strictly with the newly agreed minimum wage, which he said was obligated by the labor law and therefore binding on all employers.

“Whether it is casual workers or full time employment, we expect that all employers will respect the payment of the national daily minimum wage,” he said.

Iddrisu however warned that the government would remain resolute and stick to its policy not to pay workers on strike.

“It is a new government policy that if you go on strike, provided that the strike is so determined not to be lawful, the government is not obliged to pay you for the period when you are on strike,” he said.

Nurses at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital last week embarked on a strike to put pressure on the government to pay their salary arrears, forcing the hospital to turn away patients.

More than 7,000 unpaid nurses and midwives also declared nationwide strike due to salary arrears, some dating back to three years ago.

All the nurses and midwives have however suspended their strike following the payment of their accumulated salary and promotion arrears. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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