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Fair Wages and Salaries Commission aims for zero strikes in 2024

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) is dedicated to resolving salary-related disputes within the public sector, responding to recent industrial actions by workers. The Chief Executive Officer, Benjamin Arthur, stressed collaboration to strengthen relations between public sector workers and the government. Arthur emphasized the importance of proactive dispute resolution mechanisms to prevent chaos and delays in development.

In 2023, public service faced challenges with several associations withdrawing services, particularly due to poor conditions of service. The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) initiated an indefinite strike in May 2023, citing the government’s failure to approve revised salaries and allowances. In December 2023, the Senior Staff Association and the Teachers and Educational Workers’ Union at the University of Ghana threatened to strike if arrears of Interim Market Premium were not paid.

The labor landscape in 2024 began with the Senior Staff Association—Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) urging the government to clear Tier-2 contributions by January 15, 2024, or face industrial action. Additionally, the Technical University Senior Administrators’ Association of Ghana (TUSAAG) declared a nationwide strike starting January 8, 2024, demanding full compliance with their retirement roll-over date. The FWSC’s commitment to addressing these challenges reflects the ongoing efforts to maintain stability and constructive dialogue within the public sector.

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