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Pres orders suspension of controversial GES payroll software

The President has directed the Finance Ministry to suspend newly introduced software aimed at managing payroll of the Ghana Education Service (GES) following labour unrest.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) declared strike last week rejecting the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) as incompatible with the scheme of services of the Ghana Education Service.

A letter to the Finance Minister from the President’s office acknowledged the unrest and called for the suspension “until all issues relating to its use are resolved.”

The President indicated that the Public Service Commission should resort to using the previous system for teachers.

The news of the suspension comes as NAGRAT was also directed by the National Labour Commission (NLC) to call off its strike and begin talks.

Six public institutions have already been enrolled on the HRMIS as of December 2016. They are the Public Services Commission, Ghana Statistical Services, Ghana Prisons Service, Office of the Head of Civil Service, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Local Government Service.

According to the Public Service Commission (PSC), it is difficult to tell with accuracy the exact number of staff in the entire public service because each sector has its own database.

The PSC says HRMIS will provide readily available and accurate data on existing staff to ensure that only active staff who are deployed within known management units are paid therefore facilitating real-time alignment and postings by MDAs.

The Public Service Commission has explained the HRMIS is key to eliminating ghost names on the government payroll, significantly reduce salary arrears and its attendant costs and also reduce, if not eliminate, labour unrests.

But the HRMIS even before it is fully implemented triggered strike by NAGRAT and six other regional associations of the Ghana National Association of Teachers.

Source: Ghana|myjoyonline.com

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