In an open letter shared on Facebook, teacher Remedy Thywill has called on union leaders to resist any pay offer from the government that falls below 50%. Thywill warned that such an offer would be met with “much hostility en masse” and urged union leaders to prioritize the safety of their members during negotiations.
Thywill noted that previous negotiations had resulted in “a very funny figure” in 2021 and 2022, which led to a strike action. Thywill expressed frustration at the impact of such strikes on students and implored union leaders to approach the negotiations with the best interests of the country in mind.
The negotiations, set to take place on December 20, 2022, come amid an artificial and unsustainable appreciation of the Ghana cedi. Thywill cautioned that the negotiations will take more than just one week and urged union leaders to be cautious in their decision-making.
It remains to be seen whether the government will be able to meet the demands of public sector workers and avoid a potential strike.
Read the letter below
LETTER TO UNION LEADERS
I extend my felicitations to you.
I am aware another negotiation has been scheduled to take place tomorrow 20th December, 2022 on the base pay of public sector workers.
I am tempted to believe that the government is mostly going to use the current artificial and unsustainable appreciation of the Ghana cedi to lure you into accepting an unacceptable figure. Be minded that your acceptance of a figure below 50% will be resisted with much hostility *en masse*. Be informed also that your negotiation will take us one year and not one week so be careful what you accept.
It’s on record that you accepted a very funny figure in 2021 and 2022 which couldn’t stand the test of time leading to a strike action. Do you have the slightest feeling that I feel happy abandoning my lovely students when you declare strikes over thing you ought to have acted differently which didn’t work?
This letter is a love letter to put you in the right frame of mind as you meet government tomorrow. Go into that meeting with country in mind but safety of your members you draw salary as topmost priority.
I wish you happy negotiation tomorrow.
A concern worker.