PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST 4% & 7% SALARY INCREMENT FOR 2021 & 2022 AND ALSO HONOR THE CONVENER OF COALITION AGAINST TUC AND ORGANIZED LABOUR MR. AZUBILA.
Coalition Against Leadership of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Organized Labour has set the streets in Tamale ‘ablaze’ with a massive demonstrate against the 4% and 7% salary increments for 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Early this year, the TUC agreed on the said base pay increments for public sector workers, as part of labour negotiations with the government.
Nonetheless, after the agreement, the members of the labour unions have expressed their disappointment at the percentage increase, saying it is too small.
In this regard, the coalition made up of public sector workers today, Tuesday, September 21, 2021, protested on the principal streets of Tamale to express their anger and demand an upward review of public sector salaries.
The Coalition hit the stressts of Tamale
They insisted that, the four and seven percent increment is woefully inadequate for their survival, considering the current economic hardship.
Executive Secretary for the Coalition, Azubila Salam Emmanuel leading the Group
Executive Secretary for the Coalition, Azubila Salam Emmanuel said leadership of TUC has failed them.
“All that we are saying is that we cannot survive with the four percent salary increment and seven percent for next year. Our leaders at the TUC and CLOGSAG have failed us. They went to the Tripartite Committee to negotiate on our behalf. This is very inhumane treatment of public sector workers. And as workers, we will not sit down for three people to decide our fate for us”.
“This is why we are demonstrating to tell the government that they cannot be insensitive to the people working for them. We are suffering and are in debt, so we can’t survive with this low increment. They should increase it, or this labour agitation will continue till things change for us.”
Some of the demonstrators also expressed their frustrations about the increment.
On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, a similar demonstration was held by the group in Accra to drum home their demands against the base pay increase.
The group laments that the leadership of TUC, which is supposed to seek the interest of Ghanaian workers, has instead become a mouthpiece for the government.They want public sector salaries to be increased by 25% instead.
Ghanaian public sector workers also honored Mr. Azubila Emmanuel Salam on Tuesday, 21st September 2021 which coincidentally happens to be his birthday and day of the demonstratiom and also the birthday of the first President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah known as KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL HOLIDAY for his dedicated and selfless Service to the welfare of Ghanaian Public Sector Workers.
The citation reads :
“Azubila Emmanuel Salam.
Ghanaian public sector workers honor you today 21st September 2021 which is also your birthday, for your dedicated and selfless Service to the welfare of Ghanaian Public Sector workers. We are not surprise that you share the same birthday with the first President of the Republic of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. We believe you do not just merely share birthday day with the founder of this great Republic but you also share his spirit of kind hearted, selfless Service and love to your country men and women.
God richly bless you.”
Mr. Azubila Emmanuel Salam (in black) receiving the award.
The Award presented to Mr. Azubila Emmanuel Salam