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Negotiations on 2023 Base Pay are likely to last until the middle of the year

The 2023 Base Pay Negotiation is Likely to Continue Until Mid-Year, according to Mr. Jerry Akporhor, Founder and Lead Educator at Informed Teachers Network, Based on Analyzing History and Posture of the Parties Involved.

Describing the development of single spine base wage negotiations According to Mr. Jerry Akporhor, Ghana’s Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) was put into place in 2010 with the intention of raising the base salary for all employee types covered by the program.  He said that between 2011 and 2019, base pay increased multiple times, reaching a high of 20% in 2011 and a top of 10% in each year 2013, 2016, and 2019.

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In order to partially replace base pay, the Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) of 10% was created in 2014.

Increases in Base Pay

a.20% in 2011

b. 18% in 2012

c. 10% in 2013

d. 13% in 2015

e. 10% in 2016

f. 12.5% in 2017

g. 11% in 2018

h. 10% in 2019

2014 saw the introduction of COLA (cost of living allowance), which was negotiated at 10% of base pay. He claimed that base wage agreements were normally reached within the first year of implementation. Base salary was tabled and negotiated during the year of introduction prior to 2016, according to the Informed Teachers Network’s founder and lead educator. The 2012 base pay was officially finished in March 2012, and the increments for the three (3) months of January, February, and March 2012 were paid in August 2012.

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Additionally, the base wage for SSSS for 2013 was decided upon in August 2013 and will go into effect on January 1, 2013. The 2021 budget was supposed to include the compensation changes when the 2021 base pay hike was completed and publicized in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects, however, caused a delay in these negotiations. With an adjustment of 4% for 2021 and 7% for 2022, they were ultimately finished on July 1st, 2021, and mark the smallest base pay increase since the Single Spine Salary Structure’s introduction.


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