The issue of low pay, inequalities in pay structure and poor conditions of service for Ghana’s public service workers has over the years been a major concern for successive governments. Undoubtedly, the last two decades has witnessed a significant increase in public sector wage bill reaching a ratio of 11.3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 2008 fiscal year. [read more]
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SINGLE SPINE PAY POLICY
The aim of the Single Spine Pay Policy is to attract, retain and motivate public service workers to enhance effectiveness in service delivery and improved productivity. The objectives of this policy are as follows:
- To promote equity in the administration of public service pay.
- To establish principles for matching wage increases to productivity.
- To improve the public services capacity to compete with the private sector in attracting and retaining key staff needed for improved service delivery as well as to drive change in the public services;
- To promote a high performance culture in the public services.
- To allow greater management control of the Public Services wage bill.
- To promote industrial harmony.
The PSJSNC is made up of the Government Team (represented by FWSC, MELR and MOF) on one hand, as well as Organized Labour (comprising all Labour Unions/Groups) on the other hand. The PSJSNC has successfully negotiated the Base Pay and Pay Point Relativities of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) since 2010. The establishment of the PSJSNC has thus eroded the issue of multiple rounds of negotiations by various services which existed in previous pay regimes.
GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER ON THE SINGLE SPINE PAY POLICY
Click on the link below to view the Government White Paper on the Single Spine Pay Policy
GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER ON MARKET PREMIUM
The Government White Paper on Market Premium was issued, on 9th April,2013. Click on the link below to read the Government White Paper
CATEGORIES OF ALLOWANCES
As part of the Single Spine Pay Policy, allowances and benefit have been classified into four(4) categories as follows:
RULES ON NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURE
The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and labour unions, associations, institutions or occupational groups shall in accordance with section 102 of the labour Act, 2003 (Act 651), and the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING specified in FWSC Regulations set up a negotiating body to be known as the Public Services Joint Standing Negotiation Committee referred to in FWSC Regulations as the “Joint Committee” to conduct negotiation on wages and salaries for public service organizations to which FWSC Regulation apply. [read more]
The National Forum on the sustainability of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) has affirmed that “the SSPP presents a unique opportunity for realizing equity and fairness in managing compensation within the principle of transparency in public service.” A communique was issued and jointly signed by Hon. Nii Armah Ashitey (Minister of Employment & Labour Relations), Bro. Kofi Asamoah (Secretary General, GTUC) and Mr. Alex Frimpong (CEO, Ghana Employers Association)