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Hikes Organized labour fights for 50% salary increment

In a meeting with government yesterday, labour said a 50% salary increment will cushion Ghanaians against the effect of the recent fuel hike.

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Organised labour is asking for 50% salary increment to cushion workers against the recent fuel and utility tariffs

The fuel increases were occasioned by the passage of the Energy Sector Levy, 2015 by Parliament last December.

Electricity and water tariffs were increased to 59.2 per cent and 67.2 per cent respectively by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), last month. Fuel prices also shot up by 27%.

Read more: Govt, labour meeting over utility tariff hikes ends in deadlock

A marathon meeting between the Labour Minister, Haruna Iddrisu, and labour on the impact of the fuel increases on Tuesday ended in a deadlock.

The TUC Secretary General Mr Kofi Asamoah, at the end of the meeting said the meeting was not conclusive.

“Our insistence is on the reduction of utility levels since it is going to worsen the plight of ordinary people and we made government and stakeholders appreciate our unhappiness with those developments.”

Read also: Fuel hikes sign of economic mismanagement-- Lecturer

The chairman of the Tema District Council of Labour, Wilson Agana said labour will not settle for anything less than 50% salary hike.

"We have to go back to the table and force for a salary increment for all workers. At least we have to go and fight for a salary increment of at least 50% else we cannot survive. Before we accept the increments then it means we must have salary raises for all workers. On Tuesday we will come out with our plans to press home our demands”, he said.

Labour Minister, Haruna Iddrisu on his part  said “those difficult but necessary decisions to stabilise the economy and to fix the energy crisis and prevent it from relapsing into a deeper crisis.”

 

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