“If my wife knows my salary, she may look down on me” Says a Senior Driver

Salaries of the lower ranks in the Public Service

A senior driver congratulated Foroyaa for taking up the salary issue. He urged the medium to interview drivers.

When one of the drivers was interviewed, he refused to mention his salary. According to him, if his wife knew his salary she is likely to look down on him. He also expressed fear that he may not be able to keep his job if he had an interview.

This is how tight lipped civil servants are and why there is need for a Public Service Union to speak for public servants on salaries and benefits.

Foroyaa has been able to gather that Accounts Clerks receive 24,000 dalasi per annum of 2,000 dalasi a month as salary. Store clerks receive 14,000 dalasi per annum which is less than 1,200 dalasi a month.

Senior drivers are on grade 2. They receive 14,000 dalasi per annum or less than 1,200 dalasi a month. Drivers like our interviewee are on grade 1 and receive 11, 000 dalasi per annum or less than 1000 dalasi a month. Cleaners, messengers and watchmen receive the same grade and earn 11,000 dalasi per annum or less than 1,000 dalasi per month.

There is no prospect of salary review in light of a domestic debt of 19 Billion dalasi and is rising. Only a government which could improve income could fight corruption.