Labour Consultant, Austin Gamey, has supported calls for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to provide some supports to its contributors in order to alleviate the hardships that have bedeviled them during this period of the coronavirus pandemic.
Austin Gamey describes such calls as reasonable. saying that it will be unfair for SSNIT to fail to provide some cushion to workers.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, the labour consultant said that:
“SSNIT is for we working people, our today and for our future especially. The truth is that this is not ordinary times and for the first time reasonable number of workers may go without pay at all, some go with just about a half pay or something of that nature. Just like heritage bank, it’s meant for tomorrow. So if I will die today and my money is available and they are overseeing the money and for many years they cannot organize and support me and I should die, I don’t think it’s fair.
Austin Gamey’s comment comes after former President John Mahama questioned why SSNIT had not moved to help relief the financial burden on its contributors.
John Mahama, who is leading the National Democratic Congress in the forthcoming presidential election, said that he has been receiving calls for persons in the working-class, lamenting on the impact of the coronavirus on their finances.
According to John Mahama, these persons are having a difficult time feeding, and taking care of their families,
The former President, in his maiden digital conversation with Ghanaians on Thursday, urged the management of SSNIT to consider paying tokens for a period of three months to all its contributors.
“The lockdown may have been lifted, but many businesses are still down, and suffering. Employees are suffering too, just as the many players in the informal sector. It makes me wonder why our SSNIT has not been responsive in this time of need of many contributors. Social Security contributions are essentially an insurance scheme made not just for pensions in old age before we die. They are also meant to help contributors in times of adversity such as this,” he said.
Story by: Saeed Fridaus | universnewsroom.com