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Organised Labour Calls for Intensified Revenue Mobilisation

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Organised Labour has called on the Ghanaian government to increase revenue mobilisation to ease the country’s economic hardship. The Greater Accra Regional Secretary of Organised Labour, Freda Frimpong, made this statement during the Regional May Day Parade in Accra. She called for the independence of all revenue mobilisation agencies from political interference to achieve their mandate.

Frimpong also urged the government to stop overburdening workers with taxes, citing that the thirty percent base pay increment by the government is commendable, but it needs to be improved to meet the current cost of living. Workers were seen carrying placards with various inscriptions, including “Save the economy,” “Mr President, minimise the taxes,” and “Say no to DDEP.”

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Meanwhile, some workers have described the newly introduced taxes, the Income Tax Amendment Law, Excise Duty Amendment Law, and Growth and Sustainability Amendment law which took effect today as very devastating and killer laws. They believe that if proper measures were put in place to tax companies and individuals who avoid taxes, the three new taxes would not have been necessary.

For the most part, workers have asked the government to reduce inflation, which is eating away at their disposable incomes. They also called on the government to increase the minimum wage and review the Single Spine Salary Structure. In addition, Frimpong urged the government to implement the National Development Planning Commission’s recommendations on revenue mobilisation.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, reiterated the government’s commitment to protecting workers, saying several measures have been put in place to improve their lot. He also stated that the government would not touch the pension funds, even though it is doing everything it can to turn the country’s economic fortunes around.

In conclusion, Ghanaian workers have asked the government to reduce their tax burden, increase the minimum wage, and review the Single Spine Salary Structure to ease the economic hardship in the country. The call for increased revenue mobilisation is also an essential step towards turning the country’s economic fortunes around.

Source: GBC Ghana online

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