No Ghana Card, no salary directive aborted

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The Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) has cut short the choice to retain compensations of laborers who neglect to acquire a Ghana card.

The choice to suspend the mandate was taken after a gathering held by authorities of the Ministries of Employment and Labor Relations, Finance and the CAGD on Tuesday October 19

A dispatch gave after the gathering requested that the CAGD “port the names of public area laborers in their current data sets onto the NIA stage and from there on illuminate the different foundations regarding any unregistered staff that might exist.”

The CAGD had in a previous assertion on Wednesday October 13 demonstrated that from first December, 2021, all administration laborers without the Ghana Card were not going to be paid compensations.

Bits of the assertion said “By this notification, all current and imminent Government laborers circular segment to guarantee they are enlisted with the NIA and have gotten their Identity numbers.”

“As a component of Government of Ghana’s endeavors to convey expedient, tied down and checked finance administrations to government representatives and retired people while decreasing the danger of undeserving installments or cases, the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) is teaming up with the National Identification Authority (NIA) to have a fit data set to work with biometric and interesting recognizable proof of all specialists on the public authority finance,” the assertion added.

Worker’s organizations dismissed this move. They said they were not counseled in the choice by the CAGD.

The associations say despite the fact that the intention is acceptable one, the circumstance isn’t right since Accra and Kumasi are by all account not the only urban areas that comprise Ghana.

They subsequently cautioned the Department to end such dangers assuming it needs harmony in this country.

The Deputy Secretary-General of Trades Union Congress (TUC), Joshua Ansah, in a meeting on 3FM’s Sunrise on Thursday said “it is incredibly lamentable that the regulator will sit and settle on such choice.

“The laws administering pay rates should be regarded and TUC says no to it and we are considering the Controller to do the needful”, he told Sunrise Host, Alfred Ocansey on Thursday.

Mr. Ansah clarified that “doing the needful implies that every one of the partners should be welcomed on board to settle on the issue since Accra and Kumasi isn’t just Ghana. We have far off regions”.

“I would prefer not to trust it. They should do the needful by approaching the worker’s guilds and talk about it since it is great yet off-base methodology”.

Ningo Prampram Member of Parliament, Samuel Nartey George likewise said there was no law backing the choice by the CADG to quit paying pay rates of laborers who neglect to acquire the Ghana card.

Talking on this matter on the Key Points on TV3/3FM Saturday October 16, Sam George said “Everything is directed by law, compensations are not managed by LI 2111, the NIA is acting like LI2111 is the law that oversees everything in this nation, no.

“It controls you (NIA), it doesn’t direct enrollment of SIM cards. It is LI 2006 that has not been altered. Installment of pay rates is controlled by Workman Compensations Act, there is the Labor Act.

“That is the thing that administers the installment of compensations, you can’t retain my pay rates since I don’t have (Ghana Card), there is no law backing it.

“I have been a government worker previously, I worked at the Ghana Civil Service, prior to coming into dynamic legislative issues. In 2010 I proceeded to do biometric check, he (NIA official) works in the Public assistance, the Controller and Accountant General through the Ministry of Finance holds the biometric information of the 800,000 government laborers, they needn’t bother with a Ghana card to confirm who they are paying.”