Parliamentary research assistants cry for unpaid salaries

Research Assistants of Parliament have written to the leadership of the House to ensure that their eight-month salary arrears are settled. In a petition sent to the clerk and copied the Speaker as well as the Majority and Minority Leaders, the Assistants indicated that as of January 24, 2019, when the petition was signed, “no salaries have been paid to any Research Assistant”. They indicated that as first and second degree holders, they were told there will be no privileges of emolument and allowances. They lamented since their salaries have not reached them, they are hard up and it is affecting the discharge of their duties. “This has become a great concern for all Research Assistants, considering the challenges of transporting ourselves to work, feeding, clothing and meeting other basic needs.” They claimed Members of Parliament were assisting their RAs but since the contract letters were presented, the MPs have ceased to offer that support. Some RAs who spoke to on anonymity said they were promised the salaries would get to them before the House went on recess, last year. “We spent the Christmas and New Year indoors, with empty pockets,” one said. “We are really suffering,” another said. They have appealed to the leadership of the House to resolve the issues for them. “We hope this plea will be favourably considered to ensure that Research Assistants are well conditioned to work effectively.” Source:|Ghana]]>

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