Civil Servants in Ghana will from this month, March 2020, see a 15 percent rise in their basic salary as directed by the Ministry of Finance.
The ministry has communicated to the Controller & Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) that, from March 2020,15 percent of the 2020 monthly basic salary is to be paid as premium to civil servants and local government service.
The payment will take effect from January 1, 2020. As result, associated arrears are to be paid in a single tranche at the end March 2020.
The letter further stated that, the payment, brings closure to all issues contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Ministry of Finance and Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the Civil and Local Government Staff Association Ghana (CLOGSAG) – civil servants representatives on 18th August, 2016 in which, the 15 percent premium was agreed for civil servants
“This letter supersedes our earlier letter on the subject. Please treat as urgent,” Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei Asare said.
The directive, has put smiles on the faces of staff of the civil service and local government service as they will not only see an increase in their March 2020 salaries but will also be taking home the arrears owned them by government since January.
The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) threatened last month to embark on a strike early March, to express their displeasure against government decision not to honour the demand for a 15 percent increment in premium for its members since January.
The threat was issued after the office of the Head of the Civil Service sent a communique, indicating that the increment in salaries, which took effect at the beginning of 2020 was an error.
On pensions, CLOGSAG wants government to put in all the necessary efforts to ensure effective implementation of the ACT 766 which is the tier three pension scheme.
Since the beginning of the year, Civil and Local Government Staff were given a 10 percent increase in salaries, a move that was contrary to the MOU signed.