It is impossible for government to meet labour’s 60% base pay demand – Economist

It is impossible for government to meet labour’s 60% base pay demand – Economist

An Economist has forged doubt on the government’s functionality to meet the 60% base pay increment being demanded by Organised Labour.

Prof Peter Quartey said it is impossible for government to meet the calls for of the unions.

Speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s Top Story on Tuesday, he explained that, “it is impossible to increase revenue by 40 to 50% in a year for government to be able to meet their demands.”

He, subsequently, appealed to the leaders of the unions to compromise on their stance at the negotiation desk.

It will be recalled that Organised Labour proposed a 60 percent increment in base pay for the year 2023.

In a letter signed by TUC General Secretary, Dr. Yaw Baah and Isaac Bampoe Addo, Chairman of the forum of Public Sector Workers, Organised Labour cited the rising inflation and the 15% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) granted on the National Daily Minimum Wage as grounds for their proposal.

However, because the negotiation for the aforementioned base pay started on Friday, the assembly ended inconclusively.

The second assembly took place on Tuesday, which additionally didn’t attain its desired end result. For that cause, it has been adjourned to November 23, 2022.

JoyInformation understands that the adjournment was due to the shortcoming to safe an appropriate venue for the assembly and for both events to rethink their positions.

“It is not a call off it is adjournment. We have had to go back and reflect, we are dealing with give and take and if you are not coming to add to them automatically, we have to adjourn and come back…we are not getting meeting minds. I am sure tomorrow we will be able to get a truce,” Deputy Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Bright Wereko Brobbey told JoyInformation.

According to the President of GNAT, Isaac Owusu, the government had earlier supplied a ten% to 15% as opposed to the 60% enhance in base pay the unions demanded.

Chairman of CLOGSAG, Dr. Isaac Bampoe Addo addressed the media after the assembly.

“We have sent our proposal to them and we want it to be at an agreeable zone. So far the zone that we are in is not agreeable.”

Meanwhile, labour experts have argued that the unions ought to have made this demand earlier within the year for government to have the opportunity to issue it into its 2023 budget.

The experts say this demand from the unions is doubtless not to be met with simply 48 hours for the government to current its budget.

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