George Smith-Graham

The Chief Executive of Fair Wages and Salary Commission (FWSC) has advised the Civil and Local Government Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) to redirect their grievances about their migration onto the single spine salary structure to the Ministry of Finance, saying his outfit cannot be blamed for any anomalies.

The Association is threatening a sit down strike if government does not migrate all its members onto the new pay policy by February 9. CLOGSAG said 30 percent of its members – including accounting and auditing – have still not been migrated onto the salary structure even after government’s promise to do so by the end of last year.

But FWSC boss, George Smith-Graham told Joy News’ Dzifa Bampoh Friday emphatically that “so far as we are concerned, there is no issue with the accounting class”.

He explained that his outfit has finished its works with CLOGSAG and has written a letter to the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning notifying him to start implementing the new salary structure but as to “why the accounting class have not been paid, I have no idea, it has nothing to do with Fair Wages and Salary Commission”.

Mr Smith-Graham maintained that in a meeting with the finance ministry and the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, he enquired why the ministry has not written the letter to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department “but I was told in that meeting that the Controller and Accountant General has asked the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning to hold on in writing that letter to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department; the reason I have no idea”.

He has therefore directed CLOGSAG: “If they have any difficulties they would need to get in touch with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning or the Controller and Accountant General’s Department [and find out] why the accounting class have not been migrated. I have no idea.”

He also stated that CLOGSAG members should have been paid in December 2011, adding that they were migrated “far before December”.

Mr Smith-Graham also rejected claims by the Association that they were entitled to some top ups. He said no institution was promised that, maintaining that there was nothing like that under the migration structure.

Source: myjoyonline.com 

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