ISD-Staff Weep over delay of Promotions

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

More than 400 staff of the Information Services Department (ISD) are furious over non promotion after 12 years of service.

They are set to embark on a demonstration against government if their demands are not met.

More than 400 staff of the Information Services Department (ISD) across the country, who were employed into the service under the ranked of Journalist and Senior Information Assistant are furious for not enjoying a single promotion for 12 since November, 2007 till date.

The situation has compelled most staff to look up for other alternative where the welfare of workers are paramount after working for eight 8 years for the department. Other staff who were with the hope for better conditions of service after the departure of their colleagues have still not seen anything positive.

These staff now feels cheated for working in the government sector for 12 good years without a single promotion whiles their mates in other Sectors, Departments and Agencies with the same qualification and responsibilities are enjoying promotions every four years without delay.

The staff who spoke in anonymity hinted their wrath against head office for their inability to fight for the staff welfare in the service.

Adding that, our tolerance is exhausted, this is against labour law in Ghana, we are suffering, and we can no long entertain this unbearable and hardship condition of service any more.

The most unfortunate thing is that, most of these officers normally depend on over draft to survive. They stated that, ‘we are law abiding staff, so we don’t want to wash our dirty linen in public’.

The aggrieved staff said, several efforts and petitions to head office regarding to their promotions had yielded no positive results.

They also disclosed to the media that, even lower ranks under these officers such as Cinema Commentators, Secretaries and Mobile Cinema Operators have risen above them in terms of salary.

They revealed that, under normal circumstances, the affected Journalist/ Senior Information Assistant would have been promoted to Senior Information Officers within the period of 12 years.

They said, a reliable source from their head office indicated that recruitment is currently on going to employ 600 front desks officers for the Right to Information Bill as hinted by the sector Minister Whiles they equally qualify to fit or to be promoted to occupy such position in the various districts levels and other government sectors.

Adding that, their Human Resource Manager (HRM) at the head office, Mr. Frank Asiedu is a total failure and they need his immediate release since he has nothing good to offer them, so far as their welfare is concern They are therefore, appealing to Information Minister Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and the Acting Director of Information Services Department to treat it as a matter of urgency so as to avert any demonstration to attract media attention and public bashing.