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27.06.2009 General News

Fair Wages Commission board in place

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Accra, June 27, GNA - Mr Stephen Amoanor Kwao, Minister of

Employment and Social Welfare, on Friday swore in the board members of

National Labour Commission (NLC) and Fair Wages Commission (FWC), with

a call on them to be proactive, fair, firm, just and transparent in their decisions.

He said the boards should not regard themselves as completely autonomous

and assured them that government would not interfere in their operations.

“This government is committed to the sustainability of the two Commissions

and their operations and we will provide the necessary resources for your work,”

the minister said.
The seven-member Board of the NLC has Mr Joseph A. Aryitey as

Chairperson. Other members are Opanyin Obeng-Fosu, Mr Kofi Attoh, Mr Paul

Osei Mensah, Mr Dennis K.Y. Vormawor, Mr Dan Acheampong and Mrs

Angelina Domekyaareh.
The Fair Wages Commission, which also has seven members, has Mr John

T. Warmann as Chair with Ms Peggy Addo, Mr Solomon K. Amoah, Mrs

Victoria Kunbuor, Mr Alex Frimpong, Mrs Bossman Agyarko and a

representative of the Commission as members.
Mr Kwao expressed regret that the implementation of the Ghana Universal

Salary Structure (GUSS), which was introduced in 1997, had not been

systematic and comprehensive.
This, he said, had resulted in the introduction of diverse salary structures in

the public services, collapsing the GUSS.
He urged board members of the Fair Wages Commission to be conversant

with the details of the Single Spine Pay Policy, to enable them to discharge their

duties promptly, fairly and ensure value for money and engendering productivity

in the public sector.
Mr Kwao urged the Commission to properly manage and co-ordinate

decisions which were related to salaries, wages grading, classification and job

The board is to ensure fair, transparent and systematic implementation of the

government's public service pay policy, objective consolidation of allowances

and benefits as well as proper management and co-ordination of decisions

related to salaries, wages grading, classification and job analysis.

The board for the NLC would be dealing with issues such as summary

dismissals, unfair termination of appointments, unpaid salaries, workmen's

compensation, retirement and end of service benefits, strikes, lockouts and

unionization matters.
Mr Kwao said the board members should be guided by the maxim that

“justice delayed is justice denied” and ensure that complaints that would be

presented to them would be justly decided.
“The rule of law must apply in all circumstances and I admonish you to work

hard and ensure peaceful and harmonious working relations between employers

and employees.”
Mrs Peggy Addo, Vice Chairperson of the FWC, expressed the hope that

members would be well resourced by the government, to enable them to give of

their best.
She said the advice given them by the Minister, would be utilized to let the

single spine salary policy come to reality.

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