The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu says the base pay increment of 23% was painstakingly arrived at.
Organised Labour has secured a 23% increment in the base pay for the year 2024, after a two-day negotiation with the government.
Prior to this, Organized Labour demanded a 75.1% base pay increase for 2024. They however reviewed it to 60% on Monday, but government rejected it, proposing a 15% increment.
Both parties on Tuesday, November 14 agreed to a 23% raise with an additional 2% expected in July to bring it to 25%.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story on Tuesday after the agreement, Mr Carbonu said that the percentage settled on “is not a solution to the economic quagmire that our people are confronted with.”
“This salary increase was painstakingly arrived at …the general economic malaise is such that one wonders if one gets a percentage salary increase, it affects our economic situation because every day inflation is moving ahead of the monies that we have,” he told Evans Mensah on Tuesday, November 14.
He, however, stated that it is better than what they earn currently since it will be readjusted to 25% in July 2024.
Also, the Executive Secretary of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG), Dr Isaac Bampoe Addo is not enthused about the increment.
According to him, the government should be in a good position to put something better on the table for labour in their next negotiations, adding that to achieve this, government ought to start “looking at the wastage in our system.”
“Government upon government, whatever colour it is, has always complained about no money, they’ve given all sorts of reasons but we have resolved that this must change,” he added.