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General News of Thursday, 21 April 2011

Source: GNA

Job Performance scheme to be executed under SSSS

Ho, April 21, GNA - A scheme that will align job performance to pay in the public services is being developed as part of the Single Spine Incomes Policy.

Togbe Adom Drayi II, Head of Organization Department of the Ghana Trade Union Congress, (GTUC) said this at the Ho District Council of Labour (DCL) meeting in Ho on Tuesday. He explained that when implemented, the performance management system which is based on proper job functions and evaluation modules would make public sector workers actually earn their salaries. Togbe Adom Drayi said the system should negate the present situation of 93many public sector workers not doing much to deserve even their current salaries".

He made reference to some private sector institutions where the ability to meet monthly targets makes salaries vary from month to month. The well-attended meeting discussed the Single Spine Pay Policy, the Oil Industry and the May Day 2011 Celebrations in the Volta Region. Togbe Adom Drayi said the TUC would rather engage the government in properly constituted negotiations on behalf of its members to thrash out problems associated with the implementation of the single spine salary structure than pressurize government for benefits out of turn.

Madam Teresa Nadia Abugah, Head of Women's Desk at the GTUC, said it appeared workers and even some managers were not conversant with the ingredients needed in formulating data that determined placement on the salary spine.

She said this situation created problems that necessitated the re-evaluation of about 500 jobs, expected to be completed next month (May).

Madam Abugah said the salary policy was a comprehensive one, which was complicated and was sure to come with challenges. She said the back pay on the single spine salary was being worked out for payment.

Madam Abugah said the GTUC was interested in how the oil revenue was managed and how the industry would impact on job creation locally. Workers asked questions about the wide disparities in salaries under the Single Spine Pay Structure and its slow implementation. Mr Emmanuel Kofi Adzakey, Secretary of the HO DCL, said: 93It is virtually impossible for other workers to accept the low salaries being offered them, knowing the big jumps in the salaries of police personnel".

Miss Pearl Addo of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) asked wanted the GTUC officials to reassure members that the Congress was up to the task of getting them fair deals. The DCL passed a resolution complaining against high income tax levels on salaries and called on the government to review them.

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