According to the Minority in Parliament, the 10% increment in the minimum wage as terribly insufficient.
Last Thursday, the National Tripartite Committee announced that the minimum wage had risen from 9.68 Ghana cedis to 10.65 Ghana cedis.
Richard Quashigah, Deputy Minority Spokesperson on Employment said, the raise, which increases to 97 pesewas does not correspond with the harsh realities of the economy.
He added, I think that one will say something is better than nothing but the reality is that, that is not deep enough. What impact will it have on the economy of the ordinary person who will be affected by this and so it is a mixed feeling. It is as if nothing really has been added up to it.
National Labour Commission issued a statement it said “the committee directs that any establishment, institution or organization whose Daily Minimum Wage is below the new National Daily Minimum wage should adjust its wages upward with effect from 1st January, 2019”.
The members who signed the statement from the committee were Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffuor Awuah, for government, Terence Darko for the Employers Association, and Dr. Yaw Baah for labour.
The statement warned, any establishment, institution or organization that flouts the new rate shall be sanctioned in accordance with law.
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