May 1: Workers deserve a living wage, not a minimum wage
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has called on the government to pay workers a living wage – a minimum income that requires workers to meet their basic needs, not a minimum wage.
He said paying a living wage would allow workers to earn enough income for a satisfactory standard of living.
The Party said it would also prevent lingering unrest on the labor front.
The call is in commemoration of the celebration of May 1, 2022, also known as Labor Day.
The Day is commemorated annually to celebrate the achievements of workers.
The National Tripartite Committee (NTC) has increased the daily minimum wage to GHS 12.53 for 2021 and GHS 13.53 for 2022.
Prior to this, the daily minimum wage was GHS 11.82.
The PPP statement, released by Remy Paa Kow Edmundson, National Secretary, said, “We believe that the Ghanaian worker deserves a living wage and not a minimum wage in order to improve their living conditions.”
He added that: “The government must strive to provide the Ghanaian worker with adequate remuneration and to address inequalities in the wage structure of all workers.
The Party therefore called on the government to use the event to focus on tackling unemployment issues and addressing the challenges faced by workers to have a workforce willing to sacrifice for the development of Ghana. .
“We know that providing workers with what they deserve will help the government gain the necessary cooperation from workers to pursue the agenda of the state,” the Party said.
He said he observed that the objective of the occasion had not changed, but rather: “The government has turned a blind eye to the needs of the workers and has not served their interests”.
The statement also noted that after several years of celebrating the occasion, the unemployment rate is still high in Ghana as the Ghanaian worker has yet to receive and benefit from the significance of the event.
He said: “For example, in the words of former President John Agyekum Kuffuor: ‘The government pretends to pay the workers and the workers pretend to work.
He added that: “This situation harms the country in several ways, including low productivity, nepotism, clientelism, political clientelism, corruption, indiscipline, societal impunity among the working population and low growth of the country’s economy.
The Party therefore called on the government to take action to address the issues affecting Ghanaian workers in order to improve productivity and contribute to national development.
The establishment of Labor Day is usually associated with commemorating the achievements of the labor movement and used to call for action to ensure respect for workers’ rights.
It is also to ensure that the poor conditions of service faced by workers, such as low wages and salaries, long working hours, retirement, housing, insurance and unemployment, are taken into account. account.