11-member advisory group to review pay systems inaugurated

Mr Ignatius Baffour Awah  (middle)inaugurating the advisory group, .Photo; Vincent Dzatse

Mr Ignatius Baffour Awah (middle)inaugurating the advisory group, .Photo; Vincent Dzatse

The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning yesterday inaugurated an eleven-member advisory group to review the pay system in the country.


The advisory group chaired by Bright Wireko-Brobby, the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) has other social partners such as the Ghana Employers Association and Organised Labour as members.


Inaugurating the group, Mr. Ignatious Baffour-Awuah, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations said the mandate of the group was to examine and review the current pay system in the country and relate it to productivity.


He said the advisory group which had been given three months to wind up its deliberations must also examine whether the current pay system could be sustained while identifying other best practices in pay system across the world.


Mr. Baffour-Awuah also tasked the group to critically look at the total pension scheme with special attention of the 2nd Tier Pension Scheme.


He said the advisory group was also free to co-opt anybody who could land weight to the fact-finding mission adding that there was the need to also seek advise from other relevant bodies.


“You are free also to engage all stakeholders to resolve to get them to buy into the final recommendation,” he said.


Mr. Baffour-Awuah said the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was in full support and would be anxiously waiting for the outcome of their mandate adding that they were free to move around to adapt and adopt the right system to the good of the country.


“It is going to be demanding and you do not have the luxury of time as individually, you are all busy people at your various workplaces,” he said.


He added that time would be of essence since the recommendation would be imputed into minimum wage and base pay for 2019.


Mr. Wireko-Brobby, thanked President for the confidence reposed in them and promised to do everything possible with the team to enable them submit the report on or before the deadline.


Members of the group from the government also include Abena Osei-Asare, and Dr. Alhassan Iddrisu both from the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Eva Addo, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and Rev. Brenda Osei-Kofi from the Ghana Statistical Service.


From Organised Labour, Dr. Kwabena Nyarko Otoo represented the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr. J.N.O. Ankrah from Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana(CLOGSAC), Mr. K. Ahenakwa–Quarshie, representing Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and Mr. Kenneth Koomson from the Ghana Federation of Labour.


Representing employers were Dr. Benjamin Amoah from Bank of Ghana, Dr. William Baah Boateng, University of Ghana and Elvis Salase Azangodo from the Ministry and also as the secretary to the group.


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