The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr.Haruna Iddrisu, the President of Ghana Employers Association, Mr. Terrence Darko, and the Secretary General of the Ghana Trade Union Congress, Mr. Kofi Asamoah have signed a Communiqué which directs the way forward for the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) at a just ended National Forum on the SSPP.
The forum which was held under the distinguished chairmanship of the Vice President H.E. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, and themed, “Sustaining the Single Spine Pay Policy,” was attended by representatives of the government, employers, organized labour and civil society organizations .
It was a follow up to the one which was held in Ho in 2013 at the instance of the Presidency. The participants were of the view that state institutions such as the National labour Commission (NLC) or any other alternative dispute resolution centers should be given the opportunity to help in the resolution of labour disputes before resorting to the court of law. They further asked the government to resource the NLC and the FWSC to train and retain management and trade union leaders in dispute settlement procedures on a regular basis.
The Communiqué also called for an immediate stop to the use of internally generated funds by state institutions for the payment allowances, without permission from the Finance Ministry.
The forum underscored the need for the government to review sanctions for payroll offences and make them more punitive.
The Communiqué called for a National Productivity Forum to determine strategies for enhancing productivity in the public service.