The Local Government Workers’ Union (LGWU), would like to impress on employees of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), to rededicate themselves to their duties.
They should help to improve sanitation and enhance revenue mobilisation through effective collection of property rate tax and business operating permit fees to reposition the Assemblies as catalyst for accelerated development.
This is contained in a New Year message signed by the General Secretary, Mr Joe Boahen, to staff of MMDAs and all Ghanaians.
It reminded all the MMDAs of their earlier appeal to review the privatisation of the collection of property rates, saying the assemblies should rather strictly enforce the by-law on property rate, with penalty in case of default in payment, as that could enhance their revenue base.
“We urge Ghanaians, especially property owners, to cultivate the habit of voluntarily paying property rate tax as their civic duty, to help sustain the revenue generation for the MMDAs towards improved service delivery.”
The union also expressed serious reservations about the deliberate ploy of some workers groups to use all manner of commodities and loan facilities to influence unsuspecting MMDAs employees, of the LGWU to join such workers associations.
“It must be emphasised that it is not in the interest of people who go on retirement to be servicing loans and paying for commodities they might have taken during their active working period. MMDAs employees, including coordinating directors, need to be wary of workers associations whose activities have the potential to undermine their future retirement benefits.”
The LGWU said it was ready to engage in constructive dialogue with stakeholders to ensure that activities of some workers’ associations trying to undermine decentralisation and create disaffection among MMDAs employees, were resolved amicably in the spirit of industrial harmony.
The LGWU is the smooth operation of the Local Government Workers Occupational Pension Scheme which is the second-tier pension for MMDAs. We are hopeful that with Provident Life Trust as the corporate trustee, local government workers and employees of the MMDAs would enjoy improved pension benefits as envisaged under the Second-Tier Pension.
It reminded the Controller and Accountant-General and its schedule officers to expedite action on correcting the double deduction anomalies of staff of MMDAs to lessen the agony they suffered anytime they received their salaries.