2023 Base Pay Likely To Continue Till Mid-Year _ Jerry Akporhor

BASE PAY NEGOTIATION LIKELY TO CONTINUE TILL MID-YEAR. ANALYSING HISTORY AND POSTURE OF THE PARTIES INVOLVED.

 

HISTORY OF SINGLE SPINE BASE PAY NEGOTIATION

 

Ghana’s Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) was implemented in 2010 with the goal of increasing base pay for all categories of employees under the scheme.

 

From 2011 to 2019, base pay has undergone several increments, with a high of 20% recorded in 2011 and peaks of 10% in 2013, 2016, and 2019. In 2014, the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of 10% was introduced to replace base pay

 

BASE PAY INCREMENTS

 

20% in 2011

18% in 2012

10% in 2013

13% in 2015

10% in 2016

12.5% in 2017

11% in 2018

10% in 2019

 

In 2014 , COLA (cost of living allowance ) negotiated at 10% was introduced to replace the base pay.

 

DELAYS IN NEGOTIATIONS

 

Negotiations for base pay were typically finalized within the effective year of implementation.

 

Prior to 2016, base pay was tabled and negotiated within the effective year of implementation.

 

Admittedly, 2012 base pay was concluded in March 2012 with the new salary reflecting in April 2012 and the three (3) months of January, February and March 2012 increments paid in August 2012.

 

Also, base pay on SSSS for 2013 was finalized in August 2013 with the date of implementation as January 1, 2013.

 

2021 BASE PAY INCREMENT

 

The 2021 base pay increment was expected to be concluded and announced in 2020, with the salary adjustments incorporated in the 2021 budget.

 

However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed these negotiations. They were finally completed on July 1st, 2021, with an adjustment of 4% for 2021 and 7% for 2022, representing the lowest base pay increase since the inception of the Single Spine Salary Structure

 

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