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TUC Boss Explains How Hiring Freeze Will Affect Productivity And Efficiency



The Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Dr Yaw Baah has said the congress does not have details of the government’s plan to freeze hiring next year as stated in the 2023 budget statement.  

He said they do not know whether or not this forms part of the conditions the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is giving to Ghana.

Again, he said, they are unable to tell whether this is a net freeze or total.

Speaking in an interview with TV3’s Daniel Opoku on the sidelines of a post budget analyses forum held by the TUC in Accra on Monday November 28, Dr Yaw Baah said “we still don’t have the details of the IMF conditionality but you will not be wrong if you think this is part of IMF conditions. Since 1965 when Ghana Government started going to IMF, employment freeze has always been part, in the last one that ended, employment freeze was one but in that case it was net.

“Net meant that if somebody retires you can replace the person. So the net freeze is what we need. But this one, we don’t know the details, whether it is the net freeze or total freeze.

“If it is a net freeze then it is like the previous one but if it is a total freeze it is another ball game all together. There are 644,000 people on the single spine. Let us assume without admitting that about 5 per cent of them retire yearly.

“If only five percent retire every year, we are talking now about over 30,000 people retiring and if the 30,000 people retire and they don’t replace them  it will affect service delivery. If you reduce numbers by over 30,000 and they are not replaced then your effectiveness in service delivery will be affected.”


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