Workers’ wages to increase 13% within 3-yr IMF period – Nana Addo

Leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says workers’ wages will see only a 13 per cent increase from now till 2018.

This will be during the three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme for Ghana.

“This would, no doubt, make the Ghanaian worker poorer and poorer, as the cost of living gets ever higher than his or her take-home pay.”

In a May Day message to public sector workers, Nana Addo bemoaned the suffering the Ghanaian worker has to endure under the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

“Today, our economy is in serious decline, evident in the $912 million IMF bailout package, which, as a result of government indiscipline, comes at a high cost to the Ghanaian people, including anticipated job cuts; widespread and rampant corruption which is robbing our nation of scarce resources; indecisive leadership; as well as the crippling effects of “dumsor dumsor”, which continues to cost the nation billions of Ghana cedis.”

He noted that all these are a burden to the Ghanaian worker.

“The Ghanaian worker is suffering. They deserve better and the President must set his priorities right and respond to their concerns with deeds and not words.”

But the two-time presidential candidate buoyed up workers by stating that they should remain faithful to the country despite the difficulties.

“A bright future awaits you,” Nana Addo stated in his message on Thursday, April 30.

“The NPP has shown, from 2001 to 2009, that we have the blueprint to ensuring greater employment and rapid economic growth. We have shown through our policies that we are far better in responding to the welfare of the masses. Under the NPP, Ghana saw a significant, unprecedented expansion of the national economy, which led to higher real wages and more jobs.”

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By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana