We can’t support payment of salaries to first and second ladies -TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) says it cannot support the payment of salaries to the spouses of presidents and vice presidents

The Trades Union Congress has called on President Akufo-Addo to use all the powers accorded him by the Constitution of Ghana “to stop the payment of the salaries to his wife and the wife of the vice president immediately, until they are assigned official duties and responsibilities.”

In a statement issued on Sunday (11 July) and signed by the general secretary, Dr. Yaw Baah, the TUC also called on the president to “ensure that all such payments made to his wife and the wife of the vice president are refunded immediately.”

“Ghanaians appreciate what the first and second ladies are doing to support women’s rights, children’s rights, and other noble initiatives towards social and economic development of our country. But neither the Constitution of Ghana nor the laws of the land assign them any official duties and responsibilities.”

“… even if the Ntiamoa-Baidu’s Committee recommended the payment of such salaries, it is simply not right for anyone who has not been officially assigned duties and responsibilities in the public service to receive monthly salaries,” the statement said.

“The committee probably sought to rationalize or regularise allowances which were being paid already. Hence its recommendation to convert such allowances into salaries. But you cannot regularise or rationalize the payment of salaries which have no basis,” the statement added.

TUC press release on salari… by Joseph Appiah-Dolphyne

Source: Asaase radio

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