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Ghana: Minimum Wage Increase

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 5, 2008, Ghana's National Tripartite Committee (NTC) announced that the country's daily minimum wage would rise to GHC2.25 (1 cedi equals US$1), an increase of over 18 percent from the previous GHC1.9. The new wage was implemented effective March 1.

The 15-member NTC, founded on October 24, 2007, comprises five representatives each from government, employers, and organized labor. In addition, the Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment serves as its Chairman. The NTC was established under section 13 of the Labour Act 651, 2003. Aside from determining the national minimum wage, the NTC advises the government on employment and labor market issues, among other tasks. (Stephen Odoi-Larbi, Ghana: Ghanaians Happy with New Minimum Wage, GHANAIAN CHRONICLE, Mar. 10, 2008, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/200803101346.html; Minister Inaugurates New National Tripartite Committee, GHANA.GOV.GH (Government Online Portal), Oct. 25, 2007.)