Minimum wages up

The National Tripartite Committee (NTC) has agreed on a GH¢7.00 National Daily Minimum Wage (NDMW) for workers across the country.

The figure represents a 16.7 per cent increment over last year’s minimum wage of GH¢ 6.00.

Meanwhile, the current basic salaries on the Single Spine Salary Structure for public sector workers have been increased by 13 per cent in an agreement reached by the Public Service Joint Standing Committee (PSJSNC), which comprises of Government and Organized Labour, as well as some private associations and institutions.

The effective date for the implementation of both increments is January 1, 2015.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, urged employers, particularly those in the private sector, to comply with the newly agreed minimum wage.

He said the NDMW was obligated by the Labour Act and therefore binding on all employers including those in the informal sector to comply.

“Any establishment, institution, and organisation whose daily minimum wage is below the new NDMW should adjust it accordingly. We are emphatic on this directive; that employers who will fail to comply will face the full rigours of the law”, he said.

Some workers, who spoke to The Ghanaian Times commended government for the increase but noted that they expected something more than GH¢ 7 to commensurate with the increase in utility tariffs and high cost of living.

By Charles Amankwa   

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