General News of Sunday, 25 January 2015
Ghana Employers Association (GEA) has suggested that productivity levels in the public service can be improved if employees change their attitude towards work and sharpen their skills.
Chief Executive of the GEA Alex Frimpong noted that although there is an explosion of educated people and opportunities in the country, employable skills are still “scarce.”
He was making a contribution during a tripartite meeting between the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Organised Labour and Government represented by Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu.
Government and organised labour will in April this year agree on a daily minimum wage before the presentation of the annual budget.
A forum to actualize the agreement and also deliberate on productivity for equal salary among public sector workers has already been fixed for April this year.
Alex Frimpong was particularly concerned about the level of productivity in the country.
“We have been playing the ostrich. We should be seen as a country that is more productive. There is a saying that education is available but skills are scarce.”
He called for the establishment to a definite benchmark to measure the productive levels of public servants.
Concerns about the level of productivity have also been expressed by President John Dramani Mahama.
Delivering the State of the Nation Address in Parliament last year, the President said about 60.9percent of the entire national revenue was used to pay public sector salaries last year.
This, he said was almost double the globally acceptable prudent level of between 13 to 35 percent.