Gov’t must work at reconciling tariff adjustments with employee remunerations – Former PIAC Vice Chair

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  • Former Vice Chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee, Mr. Kwame Jantuah wants government to work at improving the basic remuneration of workers in both the private and public sector, in order for them to cope with any upward adjustment and introduction of tax and tarrifs.

His comments come in the wake of the recent upward tariff adjustments in communication tax from 6 to 9 percent, and a further increase in utilities which was recently communicated by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission. Electricity and water tariffs have been given a 5.94 and 2.22 percent respectively, just three months after the last adjustment.

Speaking on the Jolly Breakfast Show this morning, Mr Jantuah said an appreciable rise in remunerations for workers would lessen the burden of these continued increase in tariffs.

”It is about time we review the remuneration of the Ghanaian worker especially the public sector and even in the private sector. The reality is that the remuneration they receive does not see adjustments commensurate to the increase in tariffs and the likes. Due to this, the impact of such increments are felt more by the Ghanaian as they’re essentially paying more for the same service without actually earning more” he explained.

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