EC Agitations We can’t accommodate new allowances – Fair Wages to EC

This follows demands by Workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) for a 50 percent increment in their salaries as allowances for their inability to engage in social and political activities.

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Chief Executive Officer of the FWSC, George Smith Graham play

Chief Executive Officer of the FWSC, George Smith Graham

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The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) has said it can no longer accommodate new allowances for public sector workers.

This follows demands by Workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) for a 50 percent increment in their salaries as allowances for their inability to engage in social and political activities.

The EC workers also demanded 30 gallons of fuel monthly for officers at the Regional Directorates and the Head Office who use their vehicles for official duties.

But commenting on the issue, the Chief Executive Officer of the FWSC, George Smith Graham said although his outfit is ready to meet the EC staff for further deliberations, it will not yield to any pressure that would adversely affect the salary structure.

“They’ve written to us and so far as we are concerned, it is normal for any labour union to make any demand. It is not something that is part of the categories two or three allowances that we are implementing currently but we will sit down with them, have a discussion and the things that we can accommodate from the general request, it will be accommodated but things that cannot be accommodated, we will tell them. We will not entertain the introduction of new allowances into the system because it has taken us several years to make sure we get to this stage where we abolish the multiplicity of allowances that existed in the public service and we’ve come very far to allow introduction of new allowances,” he said on Accra-based Citi FM.

READ ALSO: Agitations for better pay no cause for 'wahala' - EC assures

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission (EC) has given the strongest assurance that it is on course to deliver more transparent and credible polls in spite of agitations for better-working conditions by workers of the Commission.

The Head of Communications at the EC, Eric Dzakpasu said the agitations by the workers are very normal and will in no way prevent smooth preparation towards the December polls.

“Labour agitations are very normal to every organisation. Workers at a certain point in time feel they are not having enough and may naturally want a top-up.

“I’m not too sure workers of the EC say if you don’t pay us, there is going to be 'wahala,” he said.

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