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Keynote Address by H.E. John Mahama, at the SSPP National Forum

Four years ago, we begun a journey to rationalize compensation for workers on the principle espoused in our constitution of equal pay for work of equal value.

It was a journey fraught with both opportunities and challenges, but we were determined to work together to ensure that this more equitable system for remunerating public sector employees in Ghana became a reality.

As with every major exercise or operation embarked upon, we must at a time pause and look back and reflect on how far we have come, what challenges we have faced and ask ourselves “what is the way forward to achieve the objective we set ourselves”.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached one such point in our quest to achieve an equitable and fair remuneration system. It is therefore my pleasant duty to join you at this august event that gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the theme, “Building National Consensus on the Sustainability of the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP)”.

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, this is not the first time we have attempted to achieve a universal salary structure that attempts to reward public sector employees equitably and fairly. We all remember the "rice water" that failed to cook and was later abandoned.

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