The National Tripartite Committee has up a technical committee to look into modalities to determine the National Minimum Wage for this year.

Tripartite Committee begins processes to set new minimum wage for 2021

The team has two weeks to submit their report to the tripartite committee for further discussion and conclusion on the minimum wage.

Discussions on the minimum wage could not take place in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to journalists after the first meeting in Accra on Thursday, April 22, 2021, Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Ignatius Baffoir Awuah, said negotiations will begin after the report is submitted.

“The process is that we put in place a technical committee which will consider all happenings within the economy; things like inflation the rate of growth of the economy and submit the report to us,” he explained.

The Minister further noted that “their report is usually not taken as a final product. It is also negotiated.”

The Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Ghana, Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, also expressed hope that there would be no lags in the process.

“As soon as he [the Minister] receives the report, he has assured us that he is going to reconvene the national tripartite committee meeting then the processes of negotiation start.”

“It is a very complex process, and we hope they will do a good job,” Dr. Baah added.

The 2020 National Daily Minimum Wage was last adjusted in 2020.

It went up 11 percentage point on the 2019 minim wage of GHS10.65 to GHS11.82.

The annual adjustments are in line with the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) section 113 (1) (a) and the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).

The Labour Act currently proposes the establishment of the National Tripartite Committee which advises the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations on other developments on the market.

It is made up of the sector minister, five representatives of the employers and organisations as well as five other representatives from organized labour.


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