A six-member committee was inaugurated to investigate grievances of persons migrated onto the Single Spine Salary Scheme.The committee which is a sub-set of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) is also to recommend means to address the shortfalls of the Scheme. With Ms. Peggy Addo as chairperson, the committee has Mr. Henry Atta Piadoo, Mrs. Eileen Odartei Laryea, Mr. Bossman Agyako, Mr. Edward Kwapong and Mr. Alex Frimpong, as members.
The Minister of Employment and Social Welfare, Enoch Teye Mensah, inaugurating the committee said 98 percent of public sector employees had so far been migrated onto the scheme with the remaining two percent due to be migrated at the end of the month. Hence, he said, the setting up of the committee had come at the opportune time to examine grievances that might have come out from the implementation of the scheme.
He indicated that government anticipated that there would be challenges with the implementation of such a programme involving an estimated 470,265 public employees; hence, the making of provision for such machinery even at the onset of the FWSC.“I am optimistic that the committee would succeed in the enormous task that had been assigned it to bring about fairness”, he said.
The Chief Executive of the FWSC, George Smith-Graham, said a lot of grievances had come up following the migration of workers onto the scheme and that necessitated the setting up of the committee. He said currently the committee comprised six members but as and when it became necessary, others would be added to make it more efficient. He urged the members to espouse best practices as they strove to address grievances.
Mr. Kofi Asamoah, the Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for his part, lauded government for setting up such a committee noting that the grievances aspect of the FWSC was a very important one. He indicated that resolving grievances was a huge task that required tactfulness, and therefore urged the members to exhibit such traits and to live up to the challenge. The members expressed their appreciation for the honour done them and pledged to do their best to execute their tasks.
Source: Ghanaian Times