Ghanaian urges productivity-based salaries 

A former chief executive officer of Ghana’s Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has advised the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government to revise public workers’ wages because they were currently being paid salaries far above their productivity levels.

Featuring on Accra’s 3FM Morning Show recently, George Smith-Graham claimed public workers were being paid minimum wages way above the national productivity level for the past 10 years.

Smith-Graham observed that the Commission was approving higher minimum wage as a result of the lack of a proper system to check productivity levels.

“I left before I realised that we were giving national daily minimum wage far above the national productivity level. Over the last 10 years, we were always paying minimum wage far above the national productivity, and these are the critical things that need to be addressed,” Smith-Graham said.

He said there were technicalities used to measure the productivity level of a worker, and this ought to be considered to ensure that workers were paid based on productivity.

During the same radio programme, the current CEO of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Edward Kwapong said plans to come up with a system of measuring public workers’ productivity were in progress.

“The Management Development Productivity Institute has designed something, so we are trying to establish that collaboration with them to get an instrument to measure so that at the end of the day we can tell government that productivity is so high or low, so we can increase or reduce the wage,” Kwapong said.

He noted that until the Commission was able to get an objective instrument for measuring productivity, it would be difficult to convince workers that their productivity was either lower or higher than what they earn./Public Agenda Newspaper

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