Public Services Workers are set to join striking teachers in the country to demand improvement in their emoluments and resolution of outstanding issues bordering on workers compensation.

A statement signed by Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) General Secretary, Bernard Adjei said the decision to strike was taken at an Emergency Meeting of its Management Committee and representatives from the over 65 institutions that make up the union.

The union is citing frequent price increases and what they describe as a constant erosion of the real value of the relatively low wages of public sector workers, resulting from an 18-year high inflation rate of 27.6 per cent, coupled with a number of outstanding issues as reason for the decision.

“The over 27,000 workers within the over 65 public sector institutions that make up the PSWU feel the economic crunch in their pockets, with each passing day resulting in uncertainties of meeting basic needs. Obviously, a possible return to the IMF further complicates the economic uncertainties faced by public sector workers and flashes back memories of harsh labour policies that disadvantage the ordinary worker,” the statement said.

The development comes after pre-tertiary teacher unions in Ghana declared an indefinite strike action over what they say is failure on the part of government to pay the cost of living allowance (COLA) they asked for.

The unions declared the strike Monday morning (July 4, 2022) at a press conference in Accra.


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