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    NAGRAT Trashes ‘No Ghana Card, No Pay’ Policy

    A commotion has been raised since the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) released a report to restraint the salary of those without Ghana cards by December 1.

    The Labour unions had also come out with a warning to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department that, even though that may be the idea is good but the time will not help them.

    They said if the Controller and Accountant General Department wants peace in Ghana then, they should pull back their statement

    Their report was released by Mr. Joshua Ansah who is the Deputy Secretary-General of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in an interview on 3FM’s Sunrise on Thursday.

    “The laws governing salaries must be respected and TUC says no no to it and we are calling the Controller to do the needful”, he told Sunrise Host, Alfred Ocansey on Thursday.

    Mr. Ansah explained that “doing the needful means that all the stakeholders must be brought on board to decide on the issue because Accra and Kumasi are not only Ghana. We have remote areas”.

    “I don’t want to believe it. They must do the needful by calling on the labour unions and talk about it because it is a good thing but the wrong approach”.

    The President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu, said the directive which gives public workers up to the end of November to acquire Ghana Cards without which their salaries will not be paid, does not sit well with members.

    The Association is thus calling on the Controller and Accountant General Department “to withdraw the statement and do the needful by engaging public sector workers and discussing the issue with them so that we all arrive at a common ground.”

    “We have signed a condition of service with the various services and there is nowhere in our constitution that states that if you don’t have a Ghana card ID number then you will not be paid. So, we don’t even know the source of the Controllers authority in taking this determined position”, he said.


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