Members of Parliament have celebrated the frontline workers fighting against outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic in the country
The law makers who contributed to a speech delivered on the floor of the House by the MP of Sunyani West and Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, commended the frontline workers for helping the country to contain the spread of the pandemic.
The statement was to mark today’s May Day Celebrations and wish all workers well, especially those leading the fight against the COVID 19 outbreak.
Hon Baffour Awuah said the government is committed to improving the welfare of workers, despite the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“We want to assure workers of Ghana’s commitment to their, and we therefore appeal to workers to bear with government in this difficult period” he said.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu stressed the need for a realistic negotiation between labour and government to determine how employees can be remunerated, especially in the wake of Covid – 19 and its impact on the economy.
The Minority leader, Hon Haruna Iddrisu to also focus on issues such as pensions, maternity leave and abuse of workers even as Covid – 19 issues dominate discussions
“Mr speaker as we speak there are outstanding pensions issues that requires attention. For example the Ghana army, police, immigration have an acceptable pension but the prisons service is worse off and government must act fast on this,” he said
President Akufo-Addo, in one of his COVID 19 briefings, announced an incentive package for health workers at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. The incentives include a 50 percent salary increase and waiver on taxes are among the incentives been enjoyed by the health workers.’28