HSWU Will Resist Efforts To Freeze Wages

The National Executive Council (NEC) of Health Services Workers’ Union (HSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (Ghana), on Tuesday said it would resist any efforts by Government to freeze public sector wages this year.

It, therefore, called on Government to conclude negotiations on the determination of the National Daily Minimum Wage and open negotiations on the base pay and relativity of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) without further delay.

A statement signed by Mr Abu D. Kuntulo, General Secretary of the HSWU at the just-ended first regular NEC meeting and copied to Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra, said the HSWU would no longer accept a repetition of the delay tactics of Government.

“Like all other Public Sector Unions, the HSWU will no longer accept a repetition of the delay tactics government adopted in the determination of the 2013 base pay of the SSSS,” the statement said.

The statement said given the negative impact of inflation on the real value of wages and on living standards of workers and their families, it was difficult to believe that some government officials could speculate on wage freeze in the public sector in 2014.

It said though NEC acknowledged the efforts being made by the Government, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and Public Sector Unions in the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy despite the numerous challenges; it denounced the rumours about public sector wage freeze in 2014.

It also expressed concern about the safety of the funds of the Second Tier Mandatory Occupational Pension Scheme lodged in the temporary Pension Fund Account at the Bank of Ghana, which is being managed by the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) and called on the Government and the NPRA to ensure transparency in the administration of pensions.

The meeting also discussed the prevailing social, economic and political situation in Ghana with emphasis on their impact on the welfare of the working people of Ghana and their families, among other issues.