The Public Service Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is demanding that government to announce a new minimum wage ahead of tomorrow’s presentation of the 2021 Budget.
A 10th March letter to this effect was addressed to sector Ministers, including Finance, Employment, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), the Minister for National Security and the Secretary-General of the TUC.
The letter which was signed by General Secretary of the PSWU, Bernard Adjei, communicated a resolution that the PSWU’s National Executive Council (NEC) had passed on the 4th of March at a meeting held in Kumasi.
The resolution had demanded that the salary component of the national budget statement be negotiated and concluded by the Public Service Joint Negotiation Committee (PSJNC) before the budget is presented to Parliament.
The PSJNC, it demanded, ought to have been convened to determine the base pay before the presentation of the budget, adding that the PSWU members were demanding an enhanced base pay for 2021 relative to the previous one.
In 2020, the minimum wage was Ghc11.82.