Following the “No Ghanacard No Salary” directive issued by the Controller and Accountant, some labour unions have expressed their satisfaction for such a decision.
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), one of the labour unions kicking against the directive has indicated that it is absolutely wrong for the Controller and Accountant-General to issue such a threat.
According to the President of NAGRAT, Mr. Angel Carbonu, the directive is not only harsh but also will deprive deserving government workers their due salary. He added that such a threat is utterly bad and must be immediately reversed. .
Speaking on Accra-based Citi TV, Angel Carbonu explained that “we have received a letter to that effect and I must say that it is displeasing, to say the least. In fact, we have what we call the workman and compensation principle. The principle states that once it is proven that the workman has done his job, it is the duty of the beneficiary of that job to compensate the workman. This penchant of threatening not to pay a worker regardless of whether the worker has done his duty to push through a policy is absolutely wrong, and it ought to stop.”
He further stated that the leadership of NAGRAT will soon engage the authorities to ensure that its members are not disadvantaged.
He noted that “if you want all Ghanaians to register for the Ghana card, why do you threaten me not to pay my salary when it can be proven that I have done the work that I’m supposed to do. So they want to disregard the work that someone has done over the Ghana card. What they are doing is to compel me through threats to register for the Ghana Card.”
“We will write to them and tell them to stop threatening us with non-payment of salaries that we are due. I am not against the acquisition of the Ghana card but the way they are going about it is absolutely wrong, so they should stop those things”, Mr. Carbonu stressed.
Government workers risk losing their December 2021 salaries if they have no Ghana card. They have thus been given about a month and a half to register for the Ghana Card or be denied their salaries.
The move is said to be part of the Government of Ghana’s efforts to deliver a speedy, secured, and verified payroll service to government employees and pensioners while reducing the risk of undeserving payments or claims.