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General News of Friday, 9 June 2006

Source: GNA

Civil Servants to go on strike?

.. they caution Govt about salaries in public service
Accra, June 9, GNA - The Civil Servants' Association of Ghana on Friday called on the Government to employ fairness and equity when dealing with salaries of public servants.

It said the Government had tended to listen more to some categories of health workers to the detriment of other health workers and the general public sector workers.

"We say this mindful of the fact that even within the Health Service, some workers have criticised Government=92s handling of the matter," a statement signed by the Reverend Comfort Drusilla Adu, Vice President of the Association, said.

The statement noted that there was already dissatisfaction in the entire public service especially among Civil Servants about the inequities in the salary administration adding that this had only been "temporarily put on ice".

For example, it said, the entry point of a graduate in the Ghana Education Service was level 14 while level nine was the entry point in the Civil Service.
The Association pointed out that to single out health workers for special treatment was to worsen the already volatile situation. The statement said the Ghana Universal Salary Structure (GUSS) was the way to go to solve the salary problems.
"The GUSS was a scientifically adopted salary system based on thorough research 85. Understandably, there could be problems with the GUSS (but) the way to go about is not to reinvent the wheel but to address the specific problems," it said.
The statement said the Association was "watching these developments with eagle eye" and would 'act appropriately' if it felt cheated by their common employer.