No Show At Minimum Wage Negotiation

Kofi Asamoah, TUC Boss

Kofi Asamoah, TUC Boss

Parties that were expected to meet yesterday to negotiate the national minimum wage failed to do so because of a lot of challenges.

While government insists that it will not go beyond the 15 percent increment over last year’s wage amount of GH¢4.48, organised labour wants something better.

Organised Labour has therefore resolved to attend the meeting today and deliberate on the issues.

Workers have expressed the hope that a new minimum wage could be announced by the close of today even though there are a lot of issues that the parties need to address.

Comprising government representatives, employers and organized labour, the tripartite committee has been meeting in recent times in an attempt to adjust the new daily minimum wage.

Organized labour is proposing a 15.2 percent increase, which will translate into GH¢5.16,
while Government wants to settle for a 15 percent increase to enable it manage the increasing wage bill, as well as the huge arrears it owes.

Employers on the other hand are considering an increment that will not exceed the 9 percent inflation figure projected for 2013.

Since the year began, five labour groups have embarked on strikes. They include the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), which suspended medical services to National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cardholders.

Members of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), Concerned Teachers Association (CCT), the Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union and UTAG are calling for an upward adjustment of the daily wage.

Meanwhile, economists have advised government to be wary of wage increases in order not to throw the economy out of gear.

 By Samuel Boadi