Ghana’s Daily Minimum Wage has been raised by 10 per cent, reaching GH¢10.65 from GH¢9.68.
The National Tripartite Committee (NTC), consisting of government, employers and organised labour decided on the upward adjustment at the end of its deliberations and negotiations in Accra on Thursday, July 26, 2018
The new wage takes effect from January 1, 2019, according to a communiqué issued by the NTC after its meeting.
The communiqué, signed by Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress and Mr Terence R. Darko, President of Ghana Employers’ Association, therefore, directed all institutions whose Daily Minimum Wage is below the new Daily Minimum Wage to adjust its wages upward from 1st January 2019.
“Any establishment, institution or organisation that flouts the new rate shall be sanctioned in accordance with the law,” the communiqué stated.
In addition, “the NTC recommends that the National Daily Minimum Wage should be tax exempt.”
The national minimum wage is the minimum amount of remuneration that an employer is required to pay wage earners for the work performed during a given period, which cannot be reduced by collective agreement or an individual contract. The purpose of minimum wage is to protect workers against unduly low pay.
By ADR Daily Newsdesk