Govt is cutting salaries of appointees; you can also make sacrifices – Kpemka tells workers

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A former Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka has appealed to workers to make sacrifices with respect to demand to increase salaries view of the times that the country finds itself.

He stated that the executive arm of government is making sacrifices by cutting salaries of appointees by 30 per cent. Therefore, he said, workers must learn from the action of the government.

Speaking on the Key Points on TV3, Saturday April 30 with host Dzifa Bampoh in relation to the demand to increase salary made by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Dindiok Kpemka said “I will like to appeal to workers to make a little sacrifice as the government also cuts salaries of appointees.”

He added “I will urge workers to be circumspect to ensure we don’t take actions that will retrogress us. The best was as workers is to make a little sacrifice as way to contribute.”

The TUC earlier served notice to embark on an industrial action never-seen-before in the history of Ghana if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo does not announce salary increment.

Secretary-General of the TUC, Dr Yaw Baah asked the government not to hide behind the impact of the coronavirus and the ongoing geopolitical tension between Russia and Ukraine not to increase salaries.

Speaking at a forum in Accra on Thursday April 21, he said “Employers should index our pay to the inflation because the employers change the prices of their goods so the inflation rate does not affect them the way it is affecting us therefore, we should get our salaries indexed.

“Don’t let us rely too much on government and employers. Let us ask the question, what can we do for ourselves as workers and unions? We will negotiate effectively this year and that one, I want to assure you that I will lead that negotiation.

“We will continue to talk, we will continue to negotiate but if the dialogue fails we are going to embark on an industrial action that has never happened in this country before.”

Dr Yaw Baah further said the TUC has assessed the pensions situation in Ghana and has come to the conclusion that their condition is terrible.

He revealed that many pensioners are dying prematurely because they receive as low as ¢300 a month.

This situation, he said, must change because pensioners do not have the energy at age 60 to engage in aggressive work for survival hence, their dependence on the pensions.

The low level of salaries translate into low of pensions, he said.

“We have analyzed pensions and those who are earning pensions, it is very sad. The low level of salary translates into low level of pensions directly and you will suffer more because you have wasted all your your energy working for this country and when you are 60 you cannot do what you used to do.

“But that is the time you are going to earn very little. No wonder many pensioners die before their appointed time. that should change .As I speak to you now, there are many pensioners who are earning just 300 cedis a month but you will be surprised to hear on the same social security scheme, SSNIT, somebody is earning ¢142,000 every month.

“If you multiply that by 12, you will get the annual pension for that pension. This is not right and we have to change it.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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