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Scrapping SPSS is not an option –President Mahama

President John Mahama has assured Ghana’s public workers that despite serious challenges facing government in the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy, scrapping it was not an option.
He was addressing a national forum on sustainability of the Single Spine Salary Pay Policy in the Volta regional capital, Ho.
Some of the challenges he mentioned was the misconception that the policy is to merely increase pay when it is meant to actually remove salary distortions and disparities among public service workers.
There have also been agitations from labour unions demanding payments of conversion difference, allowances and market premiums for highly specialized skills.
In all, the implementation of the salary structure has had a huge impact on the country’s wage bill, with the president claiming that 70% of revenue accruing from domestic taxes is used to pay over, 479,486 public sectors workers in 119 institutions.
Nonetheless, the President insists that scrapping the pay policy which began in 2010 is not an option especially given that before the introduction of the system, there were over 100 different pay structures for different public service institutions.
The president believes that the new regime which moves 100 structures into a single structure with 25-grades is far more desirable.
So far 99% of public service workers have been migrated onto the SSPP, he said. President Mahama said this showed the commitment of government to reward equal pay for equal value of work.
The president said he wanted to focus on post-migration challenges such as improving productivity in view of the enhanced remuneration.
This he concedes is “not going to be a walk in the park”. He urged labour unions to appreciate government’s commitment and call a truce on labour agitations because that would be “killing the goose that laid the golden egg”.