Some aggrieved public sector workers are demonstrating to show their displeasure over what they describe as poor conditions of service.
Just a few of them clad in red armbands busily dancing and marching with some reggae tunes through some principal streets of Accra is a group calling itself Aggrieved public sector workers Association, demanding for the full implementation of Prof. Yaa
Ntiamoah committee’s recommendations on Emoluments. Especially the part which says, salaries of article 71 holders shouldn’t be more than public sector workers.
This comes after a 4 % increment of wages was agreed on between the leadership of Trades Union Congress and organized labour. The national minimum wage was increased by 6 percent for 2021 and 8 percent for 2022. The group wants public sector salaries to be increased by 25% instead.
“The four percent increment is about GHS20 to GHS40. What can this do for us? How can they improve on the conditions of service of Article 71 holders and leave us behind.” a protestor indicated.
They made this call after an attempt to present a petition to the speaker of Parliament, Alba Sumana Bagbin during a demonstration proved futile.
Obra Spots at Circle in Accra was the convening point. Because we were told that it was a nationwide demonstration where members of the group would be travelling from all across the country to join the demonstration in Accra, The news team arrived just some few minutes more to 5 am so we could catch up with the travellers. But unfortunately, there was not even a single individual who was there, purposely for the demonstration.
As of 7:50 am, it was just a few of the demonstrators numbering just about 5 individuals including the conveners.
“It seems we are even many than you’re”. I heard one security person teased the lead convener, Norbert Gbogbotsi, they both busted into laughter. However, He wasn’t perturbed though.
Few other members joined later and by 9 am they took off with demonstrators not numbering even up to fifty. But not even the low turnout could discourage them. Their messages were simple. Clad in red with placards with inscriptions like TUC and Organized labour please go back for renegotiation, Treat Workers as humans, not slaves, We deserve more than 4 & 7% increment among others.
When they got to The Trades Union Congress, they all sat on the floor, pointing fingers at the building with a simple message. Onlookers would just stare at their faces at every point, whiles some were wondering what may be happening, others too were busily dancing to the reggae tunes which were played throughout the demonstration.
Ishmael Twum is a local government worker and he had these grievances to share with the Adaa News. A staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Kwaku Hutor, couldn’t hold back his words.
At Independence Square, a petition was to be presented to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, but was read out to the media and here is why.