Drivers of MP’s cry over GHc 300 Salary

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Drivers for parliamentarians have expressed worry about their salaries and conditions of service.

According to them, there is no mechanisms in place to even ensure their safety as they go about their duties.

Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Programme, spokesperson for the Members of Parliament Drivers’, Addison Obodia explained that ever since they assumed responsibilities nothing has been done by Parliament or the leadership to ensure that they are well catered for.

He said some of the drivers receive a paltry amount of GHc 300 as salary without any allowance. 

They are therefore appealing to their MPs to do something about it.

“In this day Ghana, collecting a salary of GHc 300 to GHc 500 a month is very bad. What are we going to do with that? That is what we are saying. We are not fighting with them. We are begging them that they should increase the salaries for us,” he pleaded.

However, he said others are receiving far below expectation and will at the right time disclose the names of MPs who are underpaying their drivers.

He also expressed worry about how they are made to work more hours without any extra duty allowances, and stated that the MPs often use them without regard on weekends and even on public holidays.

The drivers further described the failure of the MPs to honour their SSNIT obligations as very unfortunate, following several debates they, the law makers, have made in the time past over issues concerning SSNIT contributions.

They are however appealing to government and parliament to institute a payment mechanism for them to enable them give meaning to their life.

By: Isaac kwame Owusu

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