Mr. Agyei Atakora, a retired public servant at Osino, has commended the government for the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) and hoped that it will enhance workers’ pay and their retirement benefits.
He called on the government to ensure that the SSSS streamline prices of goods and services and salaries in the country.
He cautioned: “unless salaries of workers, especially public servants are made to commensurate with the high cost of living, productivity will always be affected at the various organisations.”
Mr Atakora made this remark at Osino in the Eastern Region at a fund-raising ceremony to build market structures for traders in the area.
He said anytime there were increases in salaries, prices of goods and services also shot up rendering the pay increase worthless and therefore it was time government looked into the problem to find out whether it was the manufacturers or traders who has been putting pressure on the workers’ purse.
He said as a result of poor salaries, workers found it difficult to own houses before retiring and this has contributed to situations where most retired workers are at the mercy of landlords who demand unbearable rent advances which these senior citizens could not afford.
Mr. Atakora said pensioners and their families were finding life difficult to coup with because of the low pensions they received at the end of the month which could not sustain them even for two weeks.