FWSC Lauds Suggestions For Freeze On Salary Increase For Two Years

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission says the recommendations at the just ended Summit on the Single Spine Salary Structure will help arrest the ballooning public sector wage bill, and sustain the pay policy. Speaking to Radio Ghana, the Chief Executive, George Smith-Graham, said the proposal not to increase worker’s salaries for two years will ensure the slow pace of rocketing payroll due to increases associated with increments. He, however, said the recommendation will be subjected to the Public Service Joint Negotiation Committee. Mr Smith-Graham said the Commission will standardise allowances of all workers as part of the recommendations made. Meanwhile, labour consultant, Senyo Egyabeng, has raised fears that the communiqué reached at the just ended summit on Single Spine Salary Structure will be mere talk shop. Speaking to Radio Ghana, Mr Egyabeng said though the recommendations are good, attention should be paid to how best to implement them. On his observation of the just ended summit on the sustainability of the single spine pay policy, Dr Simmons said the discussion was open and transparent. He said what is important now is for government to block financial leakages, widen the tax net and strive to reduce inflation which is eroding the value of worker’s pay. Dr Simmons was hopeful that other recommendations will be implemented to ensure the sustainability of the single spine salary pay policy.