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Gov’t increases minimum wage by 10%

Ghana’s government has increased the daily minimum wage by 10 percent, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu has announced.

The increment according to him takes effect in January 2017.

The minimum wage currently in use is GHc8.00. The 10% increment will make it GHc8.80.

The increment was made after a series of deliberations at a meeting of the national tripartite committee comprising of representatives from the Labour Ministry, the Ghana Employers association, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other labour unions.

Making the announcement on Wednesday, Mr Iddrisu said, “the tripartite have been meeting since the beginning of this year through May up to this morning and accordingly the national tripartite have resolved and agreed by consensus a ten percent increase in the national daily minimum wage from GHc8 to GHc8.80. The effective date of implementation will be 1st January 2017.”

Mr. Iddrisu asked organisations to adjust their budgetary allocations to accommodate the changes come January.

“Accordingly all establishments, institutions, organisations whose daily minimum wage is below the new national daily minimum wage should adjust its wages upward accordingly and ensure compliance.”

According to him, “the Attorney Generals Department will facilitate the gazetting of this declaration and we will take some major decisions to ensure that especially private entities and employers respect the national daily minimum wage.”

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