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The Minority in Parliament has raised red flags over the December 1 deadline handed public sector workers or risk losing their salaries.

The directive, according to the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) is part of moves to harmonize its systems to ensure speedy administration of government’s payroll.

This comes at a time where many Ghanaians are already working around the clock to get Ghana Cards to register their mobile SIM.

However Minority spokesperson on Employment and Social Welfare, Dr Kwabena Donkor says the timeline given workers to get their Ghana Cards is too short and a poor start.

“That deadline itself is a misnumber, it’s a poor start” he told Accra based Joy FM in an interview monitored by Justicefmonline on Wednesday.

He said every worker on the government payroll has a contract which does not include the Ghana Card, hence the interest of workers should be considered when such administrative decisions are being made.

“The average Ghanaian worker on the controller’s payroll has a contract of employment, that contract of employment does not involve the production of a Ghana Card and therefore if administratively if we found out that using the Ghana Card can help us prevent fraud, which nobody in Ghana wants, that is a good thing, however, the methodology must also serve the interest of workers” Dr Donkor noted.

He said it is unfair to workers who do not have the Ghana Card because it will take them longer than the deadline provided before they are able to get the Ghana Card and get their details on the payroll.

He called for an engagement between government and organised labour before implementing its decisions.

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus I Justicefmonline |Tamale

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