Mr. Cudjoe said that this structuring of the pay policy will insight more upheavals in the labour front if the demands of doctors are granted as all workers who have been categorized at the same level with the doctors will rise up and make demands as well.
The chief Executive Director of Policy think-tank, Imani Centre for Policy Education, has criticized the Single Spine Pay Policy and its categorization of public workers. According to him it is the biggest catalyst to an imminent labour crisis in the country.
Reacting to the current labour upheavals in the country, Franklin Kudjoe pointed out that acquiescing to the demands of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), who are demanding what people have described as outrageous conditions of service, will throw the pay structure out of gear, as all workers who have been categorized at the same level as the doctors on the pay structure will make similar demands as well.
The Single Pay Structure, when it was implemented in 2012, was supposed to bring equity to public sector workers by categorizing workers according to their position, education and risk, regardless of the specific government institution they find themselves. So all public sector drivers, for example, will receive the same amounts of wages and salaries.
Speaking on the Big Issues on Citi FM this morning, however, the Chief Executive Director of the Imani Ghana, challenged this arrangement saying,
“ When you have the speed driver who rides in front of the president cannot be put on the same scale as a driver at the Parks and Gardens where nothing seldom happens. You cannot put the same driver on the same scale as an ambulance driver who works at odd hours to take care of emergencies”
Mr. Cudjoe added that this structuring of the pay policy will insight more upheavals in the labour front if the demands of doctors are granted as all workers who have been categorized at the same level with the doctors will rise up and make demands as well.
“ This whole business of categorization and market premium under the Single Spine Pay Policy does not make any sense. Workers should be paid on merit and not categorization. With the current structure if the GMA’s demands are met, there will more upheavals because of market premium issues.”