The staff of the state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) have issued an ultimatum to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to restore their allowances or face industrial actions.
The Divisional Union Chairman of GBC, Samuel Nat Kevor, on Tuesday, May 23, appealed to the commission to reconsider its decision to cancel allowances for staff, which has sparked discontent among workers who feel their efforts are not properly appreciated and compensated.
Workers are wondering if the IMF conditions to cut down the wage bill are behind the cancellation of allowances.
According to the new arrangements, some GBC staff will see a 33% cut in their current salaries. The employee union has also demanded the removal of the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.
The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission has embarked on a Nationwide Payroll Monitoring Exercise with the Internal Audit Agency in line with the FWSC Act, 2007.
The exercise revealed that some GBC staff are getting allowances they do not qualify for, such as rent, housing, utility, vehicle maintenance, and transportation allowances.
Mr. Kevor cautioned that if their allowances are not restored, they will resort to further industrial actions and legal steps to reverse them.