The government’s idea to implement a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in next year’s salary talks has been rejected by Organised Labour.
Labour said it will instead advocate for higher pay for public sector employees.
The COLA will be rejected by the leadership since it will have no positive effect on pension payments or other benefits.
COLA is a short-term relief provision granted to government employees when immediate salary increases are not possible.
Speaking to journalists in Accra, Deputy General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joshua Ansah, said “I don’t think it will be wise for us to go for COLA because COLA does not affect our pensions, doesn’t affect our earnings.
So we think that it is better for us to go straight and get what is due us. And remember that I made the point that if the government wants to go to the IMF we want to caution the government that their decisions and their conditions should not impact our minimum wage in this country and I think that we will stand by that,” he added.