GBC staff issue one-week ultimatum over cancelled allowances

Staff of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) have given a one-week ultimatum to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) to rescind its decision to subtract “unearned allowances” from their salaries.

According to the workers, they will be forced to embark on an indefinite strike action if the allowances are not restored within the next week.

Addressing the press on Friday, June 2, Sam Nat Kevor, the Divisional Union Chairman of GBC, said workers will wear red armbands and attire to work from next week as a sign of protest unless their demands are met.

On Friday, May 23, some employees of GBC threatened to embark on strike following the withdrawal of their allowances.

The affected allowances include rent, housing, utility, vehicle maintenance and transportation, among others.

This decision has since been met with displeasure from the staff, who say inflation keeps rising therefore the withdrawal of such allowances will worsen the cost of living.

However, FWSC Boss, Ben Arthur insists the initiative forms part of its nationwide payroll monitoring exercise with Internal Audit Agency.

He explained that as part of the payroll monitoring exercise, it had been discovered that some staff of GBC are currently enjoying allowances that they are not entitled to.

Mr. Arthur said the commission exists to ensure better working conditions for workers and will not compromise.

He added that a cleaner on the GBC payroll is paid a domestic staff allowance, an anomaly that should be corrected.


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