TUC opposes the public sector’s employment freeze

The government’s proposal to freeze employment in the Civil and Public services in 2023 has angered the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

The TUC believes the ruling is unjust because the government vowed not to do so

On Thursday, Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, announced the government’s decision as one of numerous moves to rein in the spiraling public expenditure.

Joshua Ansah, the deputy TUC general secretary, expressed disappointment in the government over that decision in an interview with JoyNews on Friday.

“I am really disappointed about the freeze of employment in the civil and public services in 2023 because this is something that the TUC has spoken about it all this while.

“When the IMF team came to this country, we had the opportunity to meet with them and one of the issues we raised with them was about the freeze of employment that always becomes their conditionality anytime they access their programme, we were assured that that was not going to happen,” he stated.

The TUC will consider this matter with its Social Welfare Committee and take appropriate action, according to Mr. Ansah.

Below is the full text of the implementation of the Cabinet directives on 2023 expenditure measures

Mr Speaker, as a first step toward expenditure rationalisation, Government has approved the following directives which take effect from January 2023:

• All MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs are directed to reduce fuel allocations to Political Appointees and heads of MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs by 50%.

and fuel depots.

Accordingly, 50% of the previous year’s (2022) budget allocation for fuel shall be earmarked for official business pertaining to MDAs, MMDAs and SOES;

  • A ban on the use of V8s/V6s or its equivalent except for cross-country travel. All government vehicles would be registered with GV green number plates from January 2023;

• Limited budgetary allocation for the purchase of vehicles. For the avoidance of doubt, the purchase of new vehicles shall be restricted to locally assembled vehicles;

• Only essential official foreign travel across government including SOEs shall be allowed. No official foreign travel shall be allowed for board members.

Accordingly, all government institutions should submit a travel plan for the year 2023 by mid-December of all expected travels to the Chief of Staff;

• As far as possible, meetings and workshops should be done within the official environment or government facilities;

• Government-sponsored external training and Staff Development activities at the Office of the President, Ministries and SOEs must be put on hold for the 2023 financial year;

Reduction of expenditure on appointments including salary freezes together with suspension of certain allowances like housing, utilities and clothing, etc.;

• A freeze on new tax waivers for foreign companies and review of tax exemptions for the free zone, mining, oil and gas companies;

• A hiring freeze for civil and public servants

No new government agencies shall be established in 2023;

• There shall be no hampers for 2022;

• There shall be no printing of diaries, notepads, calendars and other promotional merchandise by MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs for 2024;

• All non-critical projects must be suspended for the 2023 Financial year.

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