100 Days Talk We will not lay-offs worker under IMF programme – Bawumia

There has been fears allayed by industry players of possible lay offs of public service workers due to Ghana-IMF deal, however Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has given assurance that government will not lay-off workers.

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Ghana's vice president Dr. Mahamadu Bawumiah

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The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has assured public service workers of  no lay-offs even though government has committed itself to completing the International Monitoring Fund (IMF) programme.

According to him, the issue of worker lay-offs has not been brought to the table during government’s discussions with the IMF mission.

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Speaking at a Town Hall Meeting organised in Accra,Dr Bawumia noted that government will resist any such arrangements should it be raised by the IMF.

He explains that, they have inherited the IMF programme and it is a programme that his government is quite committed to completing. There are a number of things we are going to have to re-look.

We are not going to do any worker layoffs. I believe that if you in fact do a rationalisation you will end up probably needing more workers in many of our places, And this issue has not come up in our discussions, he noted.

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"We would have pushed back if this issue comes up. We are not going to go ahead with a lay-off of workers".

Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta has disclosed that the government is committed to ending its agreement with the IMF in April 2018.