A coalition of twelve labour unions have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to suspend the payment of ex-gratia to members of the immediate past administration until issues concerning their pension is sorted out.
The unions have been agitating over the non payment of their contributions.
The unions, led by the Ghana Medical Association, the Ghana National Association of Teachers and the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, insisted that the Mahama-led administration failed to pay their tier two contributions into their registered schemes.
They are therefore calling on the Akufo-Addo administration to suspend benefits for members of the previous administration until their contributions have been fully transferred.
Speaking to Citi News, the spokesperson of the unions, Dr. Isaac Bampoe-Addo, said: “What we’ve been asking for is that, the temporary pensions fund at the Bank of Ghana should be audited, we are in 80 months arrears and this amount should be transferred to our custodian banks, and these are all issues we are going to take up with the incoming government. 90 months of our contributions have not been invested, and that means when our people go on retirement, they will have less amount for a lump sum.
“We are pleading with the Nana Akufo-Addo government that the ex-gratia of the past government and our arrears should be paid before theirs are paid. They [ex-government officials] should also experience the ‘arrears syndrome’ and know how it feels like. So far, we have about 7 years of our monies in arrears. The monies should be held – the first to come, must be the first to be served.”
The labour unions in November 2016 threatened to embark on a strike over the matter, but were given assurances by government that their concerns would be addressed.
Seth Tekper, now the former Minister of Finance in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, also said the Auditor General was validating the pension to enable their fund managers receive the monies on their behalf.