NEGOTIATIONS FOR 2014 BASE PAY ON THE SINGLE SPINE SALARY STRUCTURE AND THE POLICY
STATEMENT ON THE GHANAIAN ECONOMY PRESENTED BY THE MINISTER OF FINANCE TO PARLIAMENT
ON 1ST APRIL 2014
This week, the negotiations for upward review of the Base Pay on the Single Spine
Salary Structure commenced under the auspices of the Public Services Joint Standing
Negotiating Committee (PSJSNC). This year’s negotiations are important for two reasons.
First, it marks the end of the five-year implementation cycle for the Single Spine
Pay Policy (SPSS), which commenced in 2010.
General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
The General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global,
Sharan Burrow has impressed upon Trade Union leadership, the urgent need to negotiate
a living wage to replace the Minimum Wage which is currently woefully inadequate
due to global financial trends.
Sharan made this comment in her address to the TUC (Ghana’s) emergency Steering Committee
meeting organized in her behalf at the TUC Hall in Accra. She pointed out that the
world’s 7% formal sector workers are the least paid and the least respected. This
is due to simply to the growth and dominance of global capital which is drowning
THEME: ORGANISING FOR EMPOWERMENT, EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AND INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY
Let me begin by extending our deepest condolences to the Government and People of
Ghana as well as to Dr. Mrs. Naadu Mills, the son and the family of the late Professor
J.E.A Mills for the untimely demise of His Excellency, Professor Mills former President
of the Republic of Ghana. Let me also thank the Government and indeed the people
of Ghana for the befitting funeral and burial that we have all organized for our
President. We could not have done it any better
In July 2013, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) issued a statement on the state of
the Ghanaian economy. In that statement we raised serious concerns about the health
of the economy and its implications for the working people of Ghana and their families.
We expressed grave concern about the nature of economic policies and the quality
of economic management. This followed an earlier statement, issued in June 2012,
calling attention to the rapid depreciation of the Ghana cedi against the major international