Kofi Asamoah, TUC Secretary-General
Organised Labour is pushing for a 50 percent increase in salaries for public workers due to the introduction of new taxes and increases in utility tariffs.
A meeting between government and the various unions yesterday ended in a deadlock after government refused to reduce utility tariffs.
The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) in December 2015 increased electricity and water tariffs by 59.2 percent and 67.2 percent respectively.
The 18 to 27 percent increase in the prices of petroleum products has also incensed most of the public sector unions who believe they are overburdened with liabilities.
Executive Secretary of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), Isaac Bampoe Addo, in an interview on Tuesday, said the constant increases will worsen the life of the Ghanaian worker and demanded an increase in salaries.
Chairman of the Tema District Council of Labour, Wilson Agana, served notice that Organised Labour will respond to government’s refusal to meet their demands after a meeting on Tuesday.
“We have to go back to the table and force for a salary increment for all workers. At least we have to go and fight for a salary increment of at least 50 percent else we cannot survive. Before we accept the increments then it means we must have salary raises for all workers. On Tuesday, we will come out with our plans to press home our demands,” he said.