President Akufo-Addo says he has taken a decision to freeze salary increment for himself, Dr Bawumia, and all the appointees of the executive for this year.
According to him, this is a way of contributing to the reduction of the effect of the virus on the local economy.
Speaking at this yearâ€™s May Day celebration on Saturday May 1, Mr Akufo-Addo said â€œâ€¦In addition the first unemployment insurance scheme ceded by government is being championed by the social partnership council and it is to be established by year end.
â€œWe also use this year to ensure that all workers are vaccinated to protect their lives and enhance their productivity. I have taken the decision to freeze salary increment for this year, 2021 for myself as president, the vice president, ministers, deputy ministers and all appointees of the executive.
â€œIt is our modest contribution to reduce the damage to our public revenue and to help hasten our nationâ€™s recovery from the ravages of the pandemic.â€
The Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Mr Yaw Baah revealed that 800,000 workers in Ghana suffered from pay cut as a result of the effect of the coronavirus on the local economy.
He recounted the impact of the virus on workers during the May Day celebration on Saturday May 1 in Accra.
Mr Baah said at the event that workers had had to endure enormous economic pressure following the pandemic.
He said among other things that â€œ800,000 workers were affected by pay reduction.â€
He further revealed that poor housing for workers and delay in negotiation of national minimum wage are among some of the concerns of workers that the president must deal with.