A meeting between the government and labor unions to discuss an increase in base pay has been canceled.
Representatives from the Finance Ministry, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations were scheduled to meet with representatives from the various labor unions on Tuesday to continue negotiations after the previous meeting ended inconclusively.
However, because the government was not adequately represented, the meeting was canceled.
According to JoyNews, the only government representatives were Employment and Labour Relations Minister Ignatious Baffuor Awuah and his Deputy, Mr Bright Wireko-Brobby. They had to leave early to attend to urgent business in Parliament.
This is the sixth time both parties have met over the labor unions’ demand.
For some time now, organized labor has been negotiating with the government about its base pay for next year.
Five meetings with the government have all ended in failure, with the Union refusing to accept the government’s proposed 18% increase.
The labor unions are demanding a 58% base pay increase and have stated that they will not negotiate for anything less.