Pay us our salary arrears or we riot— Ghana’s Data Collectors threaten

File photo: Enumerators on the field

The Coalition of National Enumerators and Supervisors (CONES) has threatened a series of actions against the Ghana Statistical Service(GSS) if their outstanding salaries are not released in two weeks.

The coalition was contracted by the GSS in April last year to collect data on all farmers across Ghana to know the type of farming activities they engage in.

But a statement released by CONES on August 28, 2019, said they are yet to receive the payment of their final tranche of their lump sum following the completion of work in August 2018 as promised them.

“Over 4,000 workers across the country were contracted. The payments as clearly stated in the contract was to be done in three instalments, which is 15, 40 and 45 percent of the lump sum upon satisfactory completion of the assigned task and being cleared by the Ghana Statistical Service. The 15 and 40 percent were paid even though there were delays”, the statement signed by Ofosu Ansah Martin, President of the Coalition read.

“After the satisfactory completion and being cleared by the service, our 45 percent payment of lump sum was delayed and split up into two which is clear breach of contract. 25 of the remaining 45 percent has been paid and we are now left with 20 percent”, the statement continued.

They claimed that as field officers, they clearly remembered times when the GSS synched back data to field officers for visitations at their own cost.

CONES has categorically stated that the statistical service risks facing a lawsuit for contract breaches and negligence of duties if the arrears are not paid.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Statistical Service is yet to comment on the development.

By J. Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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