The Takoradi Post-Ho Forum which took place on the 8th to 9th May, 2015 was necessitated by the first one which was known as the Presidential Forum, held in August 2013 in Ho. The theme was, “Building National Consensus on Sustainability of the Single Spine Pay Policy”. The Ho forum looked at reviewing the implementation of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP) and to build consensus on the implementation of the policy to ensure its sustainability.
It recommended that the development and implementation of Complementary Policies to enhance effective and sustainable implementation of the SSPP.
The policy also recommended that there was rationalization of the recruitment process and ensure that the quantum of new recruits was consistent with budgetary constraints. It added that linking pay to work done and productivity, striking public service workers would no longer be paid for the number of day on strike among others.
The forum rested on the theme “Sustaining the Single Spine Pay Policy”, with a Communiqué signed, underpinned that the Social Partners agreed to commence the determination of the National Daily Minimum Wage (NDMW) and public sector wage negotiation for 2016 beginning June 23rd and conclude by September 2015 to enable the Ministry of Finance (MoF) incorporate the outcomes into the National Budget of 2016.
On sustaining the Single Spine Pay Policy and Pay Reform Initiatives, it was agreed that Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) should continue with payroll reform initiatives it has started.
Participants further agreed that the CAGD should be resourced to implement the E-Pay forms to complement the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) initiated under the auspices of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
Government was tasked to complete the implementation E-SPV and E-Zwich system for payment of salary to public servants on government payroll.
On Linking Pay to Work and Productivity, it was resolved that the PSC proposals be adopted as the basis for developing a Performance Management System and the National Productivity Forum be organized to determine strategies for enhancing productivity in the public service as well as a robust system be established to evaluate performance in the public service.
Touching on the implementing Market Premium (MP) with governance, particicipants considered that Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) be resourced to handle the Technical aspects of MP to enable Government assess the financial implications of the MP among others.
Other recommendations were Implementing Categories 2&3 allowances, Settlement of Pay Related Dispute; Weaning-Off Sub vented Agencies from Government Payroll as well as Implementation which aimed at calling for a Post-forum Committee to be formed to facilitate the implementation of the Communiqué.
It is however in this light, that it became significant for the various institutional bodies were tasked in this course, to remain focus to their duties relentlessly in making the implementation process which was a heart most desire of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations since it represented government.