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No work, no pay 2/6/2007
The Minister for Public Sector Reforms, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom says he will advise the government not to pay workers who go on strike during the period of public sector pay reform.

“In spite of all we are doing, if any worker decides not to be part of the process but goes on strike, then it means he or she wants to hold everybody else back and I will advise the government not to pay him or her,” he said, adding, “We will not take the hard earned money of the tax payer to continue to pay someone who stays at home.”

The Minister was opening a training programme for chief directors, directors, heads of departments and similar grades in the Civil Service in Accra on Monday.

He said the government would discipline itself to ensure that the reforms were carried through a situation which would compel workers to also discipline themselves to stick to the process till the aims of the reforms were achieved.

Dr Nduom listed in order of priority key reform initiatives, including pay reform, decentralization, restructuring of subvented organisations, records management, conditions of service and human resource management.

He advised participants to work as though their tenure in office was short, adding, “That is why if I have a certain responsibility, I need to carry it out vigorously and efficiently bearing in mind that I will be judged by my delivery.”

The Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Prof Stephen Adei praised the foresight of the Ministry of Public Sector Reforms and the office of the Head of the Civil Service for organizing the training programme with GIMPA, adding that “in this age you cannot finish school because there is the need for continuous education”.

He said visionary leadership which transformed and impacted on lives, the ability of leaders to care for their constituents and character were vital in leadership for change and benefits.

He therefore urged the participants to remember that “when character is undermined your leadership is also undermined”.

The Head of the Civil Service, Joe Issachar urged the participants to use the country’s Jubilee celebrations to take stock and help redeem the image of the Civil Service and re-dedicate themselves to their work.

Culled from the Daily Graphic

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