General News of 2014-02-27

Security Alert: Police officers threaten strike

Information available to Citi News indicates that Police officers across the ranks are angry over their unpaid accumulated nine months salary arrears.

Majority of them, especially the junior officers, are threatening to abandon their duty post in protest.

Citi News sources at the top echelon of the Ghana Police Service revealed that after their migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure, there have been major challenges associated with the payment of their arrears.

The situation, according to some of the frustrated police officers, has compelled majority of them to withdraw their children from private schools to public schools since they can no longer afford to pay the fees.

Documents cited by Citi News revealed that before their migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure, junior police officers with the rank of a constable were collecting a monthly salary of Ghc250 cedis.

After their migration onto the new pay policy, all the constables’ salaries were upwardly adjusted to Ghc1000 cedis.

Others have revealed that their landlords are ejecting them for unpaid rent.

Attempts to get the Director General of Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP David Ampah Benin, for a response proved futile.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, Mr. Smith Graham, has confirmed the officers have not been paid, but pleaded they exercise some restraint.

He said, “I am not sure it is accurate to say that since they were migrated, they have not been paid anything because they were the first to be migrated; I believe what they are referring to now are the arrears for 2013; and the arrears we are still working on it.”

Mr. Graham advised, “It is a process and I think that they just need to be patient, their management is working very hard in going through the processes to ensure that these things are done properly.”

It will be recalled that the police service was one of the first groups to be migrated onto the new pay structure.

This created uproar among personnel of other security agencies with officers of the Ghana Prisons Service threatening to abandon their duties.