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The Analysis 10 % public sector wage rise is an illusion- Franklin Cudjoe

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According to him, government does not have the finance to support the  increment. Adding that government has placed a freeze on government hiring, recycling the monies they would have used to hire more people to increase salaries of the already employed.

Executive Director of  Policy Think Tank, Franklin Cudjoe has described government decision to increase public sector worker's salaries by 10 per cent as a mere political gimmick.

According to him, government does not have the finance to support the  increment. Adding that government has placed a freeze on government hiring, recycling the monies they would have used to hire more people to increase salaries of the already employed.

Franklin Cudjoe was reacting to the 10 percent increase in public sector workers' salaries and a 14.5 per cent hike in Minimum Wage.

Related: > Pay Rise Govt. workers get 10% pay rise; Minimum wage gets 14.5%

Mr. Cudjoe was speaking on Citi FM's  News Analysis program, Big Issues when he said " it may be a smart of ensuring you are still within the limit and still create the impression that you increasing public sector wages. If it so then you can't fault the minister"

The Imani boss added that this move adds to the challenges government occasioned on the country through the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy.

" It adds to the skepticism that government government is capable of running the economy of the country by taking such decisions it has no financial backing for."

Related: > Poor performance IMANI Ghana scores Mahama's govt 47%

" It is clear to me, that perhaps government is just recycling money from the freeze of employment to finance this increment in salaries to create an illusion that it is spending more on public sector workers."

On marching public sector pay to productivity, Franklin Cudjoe said, " That must be the main debate, whether we are getting the needed productivity from these hikes in public sector pay for public sector workers."

Minister for Employment and Labour relations, Haruna Idrisu  hours ago announced the decision to hike public sector wages by 10 percent, and Minimum wage by 14.5 per cent.

 

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