23 September 2016

We won’t give in to labour demands – Mahama

John MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama has reiterated government’s commitment not to yield to pressures from agitating labour unions for an increment in their salaries and allowances. The President says compromising on government’s stance will negatively affect their country’s budget.

Speaking at an Africa-U.S business forum in New York on Wednesday, the President noted that, most labour unions take advantage of the sensitive election period to impress upon government to yield to their demands by embarking on series of unrests.

“We have a four-year term and anytime we are in an election year, there is pressure on government to open up the expenditure and so various professional groups are going on strike and are demanding more money and because we are in a sensitive period, government is compelled to yield to organized labour.”

He added that, government in the past gave in to such demands from labour and that negatively affected the economy; but it has taken a decision against such practice.

“What we have tried to do is to even out our spending on socio-economic infrastructure and to set the principle that if it is not in the budget, we are not going to pay and so excessive demands by labour are not going to be listened to,” he stated.

Presient Mahama’s comments come at a time when several labour unions including the Government Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA), Ghana Railway Workers Union, Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), and staff of the Electoral Commission, have intensified demands for increased salaries and allowances owed them.

‘We won’t bow to pressure from labour unions – FWSC’

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) has also said it will not give in to the demands from the labour unions. He said most of their demands were not consistent with the way the policy works.

The Head of Public Affairs for the commission, Earl Ankrah in an interview on Eyewitness News, accused some of the agitating unions of failing to go through the right procedures to have their concerns addressed.

‘2016 budget will not be overspent’

The President earlier in 2015, said government is committed to ensuring that it maintains its fiscal discipline, and not succumb to any election year pressures to overspend its budget.


Source: citifmonline.com

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