700,000 civil servants absorb 52% of our income – Deputy Minister of Finance
Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah revealed that 700,000 Ghanaian workers absorb 52% of the country’s income.
According to him, of the 13.5 million civil servants, 700,000 receive a huge chunk of the revenue, but he said they complain that it is woefully insufficient.
His comment follows the Trades Union Congress (TUC) urging the government to review public sector wages to mitigate the effects of rising prices of goods and services on workers.
Speaking in an interview on JoyNews’ Newsfile On Saturday, Mr. Kumah denounced the demands of the unions.
“How fair is it that 700,000 of our people receive more than 52% of our country’s income? he asked.
Again, comparing the pay of Section 71 holders to that of other workers who receive 52% of the country’s income, he noted that those in this category do not earn much since their salary is 0.05%.
In this regard, the MP for Ejisu calls for a review of the country’s salary structure.
“Obviously if you look at the pay structure of the country, we’ve all come to a point where we need to see reforms and the details of how the 30 billion we’re talking about is disbursed – who gets what… ,” he said.
Meanwhile, the director of research and labor policy at the Trades Union Congress, Dr Kwabena Nyarko Otoo, is calling on the government to restore unions to the level of pay eroded by rising prices.
He added that “it’s the least the government can do” for civil servants.
Dr Otoo also disagreed with calls for workers to make sacrifices by canceling some benefits and accepting pay cuts amid economic hardship.
According to him, with all the economic difficulties encountered, the labor sector has been the hardest hit, with a drop in wage income of around 30% in the last two years.
He said public sector workers have already sacrificed a lot to accept the 4% wage increase in 2021 and a 7% increase in 2022, as the inflation rate has risen over the past two years.