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11.04.2006 General News

Ashanti Civil Servants to wear red bands

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Kumasi, April 11, GNA - Members of the Ashanti Regional branch of Civil Servants Association (CSA) have decided to wear red bands with immediate effect.

The decision is in solidarity with their counterparts in Greater Accra over the implementation of the Government's monetisation policy in the 2006 budget.

This was contained in a resolution adopted by the association at a durbar in Kumasi on Tuesday and signed by Mr Kwame Asamoah Dwomoh, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the association. The resolution called on the Government to implement the policy from level 22 to one and anything contrary to it would not be acceptable to the association.

Civil Servants, the resolution said, could no longer continue to sacrifice their salaries in the name of co-operation and partnership with the Government.

The association therefore, asked the Government to implement without delay the public sector pay reform as contained in the 2006 budget statement effective January 1, 2006.

Mr Joseph Otoo, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the association, said the association had been in partnership with Government in its quest to improve the economy for the members to receive better remuneration and conditions of service.

"Unfortunately, unilateral actions by some representatives of Government in some sectors of the public service have taken unprincipled and sporadic decisions that distorted the Ghana Universal Salary Structure (GUSS)," He added.

Mr Otoo explained that Government's action to implement the policy from level 22 to 16 would favour Chief Directors and affect members of the association within level one to 15.