Ghana joined the world to mark Workers' Day today May 1, 2019, and a placard which sought to downplay the seriousness of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has gone viral.
It would be recalled that labour unions recently accused the Trust of misapplying the law to pay low pensions, which according to them, had made contributors worse off.
An eight-member committee set up by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to look into the current pension scheme, among other concerns, accused SSNIT of wrongly computing pension benefits.
But the Director–General of SSNIT, Dr John Ofori-Tenkorang, refuted the claims saying the Trust does not and will not cheat pensioners in the payment of pension benefits. He called on the public to rest assured that the Trust will not do anything that will negatively affect contributors.
On May Day, however, a placard which sought to ridicule the Trust went viral on social media. It had the inscription "SSNIT PENSION IS LIKE PATAPAA SONG NO SENSE".
Below is the placard:
Meanwhile, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has tasked the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations to liaise with SSNIT and the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) to bring finality to all outstanding pension issues in the next three (3) months.
Addressing the 2019 May Day Celebration at the Black Star Square, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the critical contribution of labour to the production process, economic growth and sustained development requires that the dignity of labour is maintained throughout retirement.