According to Dr. Yaw Baah, the secretary general of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), his organisation is unaware of the specifics of the government’s decision to halt public sector hiring as set down in the 2023 budget.
He claims that the TUC is unsure if this is one of the requirements that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has set for Ghana’s economic recovery programme.
Dr. Yaw Baah said, “We still don’t have the details of the IMF conditionality but you will not be wrong if you think this is part of IMF criteria,” in an interview with Accra-based TV3. Since 1965, when the Ghanaian government began visiting the IMF, the employment freeze has consistently been a component. In the most recent one to terminate, the employment freeze was a component, but it was nett.
“Net indicated that you could replace the person if they retired. We therefore require the nett freeze. We don’t know the specifics of this one, whether it is a nett freeze or a total freeze.