General News of Sunday, 15 December 2013
Professor Stephen Adei has dismissed demands from labour for payment of market premiums insisting it’s the preserve of a few highly skilled workers.
In view of high level of unemployment in the country, he believes that having a job should be enough.
Professor Adei of the Faculty of Business Administration was speaking during the 10th matriculation ceremony for freshmen and women of the Pentecost University College, last Saturday in Accra.
Speaking on the topic “What makes a university great”, the management consultant and leadership guru noted that lecturers are fond of receiving allowances for almost any service they provide although it is actually part of their responsibilities.
He recommended a lump sum payment of a salary as sufficient to cover every service they provide.
In an interview with myjoyonline.com, the former Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) went further to say demands by several public sector workers for market premiums are “almost nonsensical”.
This year, doctors, pharmacist, lecturers, senior staff of public universities and polytechnics have all made demands for market premiums and gone on strike over this.
But the professor argued that “in reality a lot of the so-called market premium is nothing about a politically created problem. Market premium only means that your skills are so scarce that government wants to encourage more people to go into that area”.
He said “those who are titled to it must be so few that they shouldn’t be more than 5% of [public sector] employees”.
“How dare you say that [you want market premium in view of ] supply and demand, if you have gotten a job, you must thank God you have a job and not a market premium,” Professor Stephen Adei said.
He blamed managers of Ghana’s troubled Single Spine Salary Structure as “incompetent” because they created an impression every worker was entitled to it.
In April this year, a White Paper on the guidelines for market premiums on the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) has stated henceforth, government will determine market premium and will not make it a subject of negotiation.