TUC demand for increased salaries rational – Lord Mensah

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A Professor at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Lord Mensah, has said it was expected that the Trades Union Congress (TUC) would demand salary increment due to the increasing prices of commodities.

His comments comes after the Secretary-General of the TUC Dr Yaw Baah has assured workers that he would personally lead the negotiations to ensure that they get the right percentage of salary increments.

He asked workers to count on him that he will negotiate effectively this year.

Speaking at a forum in Accra on Thursday April 21, Dr Yaw Baah asked the government to adjust saltries to meet the rising inflation in the country.

He explained that the prices of goods and service go up whenever inflation rises hence the need to always increase salaries.

Dr Yaw Baah 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.”

Speaking on this issue on the mid day news with Komla Adom on Tv3, Prof Lord Mensah said “It is rational that while prices are going up, we will expect that this reaction will come from the Labour front. These are all reflections of the standard of living being difficult in the Ghanaian environment. For me, as to whether it is realistic or not, it is a demand that will come from every rational consumer.

“Because once you purchase a product and you go to the market the next time and prices are going up, obviously it will not match up with your salary.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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