Prof Stephen Adei former GIMPA rector has indicated that Public sector workers should have had no pay rise this year.
According to the professor in an interview with Class FM, he insisted that no group of workers should have had any salary increase considering the fact that Ghana’s economy was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the country got plunged into an economic crisis.
Even though there have been numerous protest from public sector workers against the four percent and seven percent rise in their base salary for 2021 and 2022, which is nothing to write home about, Prof Adei insisted that, the public workers should count themselves lucky to have even had a 4 per cent pay rise.
“The people saying the 4 per cent pay rise is not enough; actually, to be honest, it should have been zero per cent. Yes”, Prof Adei told Kofi Oppong Asamoah in the pre-recorded interview that was aired on Wednesday, 29 September 2021.
“The situation in the country is such that except that – I must qualify it – you cannot say zero per cent for them and other people get 70 per cent or get an increase”, the former Board Chair of the Ghana Revenue Authority clarified.
“It should have been zero across the board because the message should have been sent that we are in a crisis, so, we can’t have ‘Monkey dey chop baboon dey work’”, he explained.
He said the president’s decision not to accept a pay rise for himself and the executive was enough to have signalled to the rest of the country that it was time to make sacrifices.
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