Trainees taking part in the ongoing training exercise for the 2021 Population and Housing Census(PHC) in the Jaman Municipality have threatened to boycott the exercise.
The trainees as a warning reportedly staged a boycott right after writing the final examination pending their final selection on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.
They have resolved to boycott the exercise until their concerns are addressed by the Ghana Statistical Service(GSS).
The threat to boycott the exercise is as a result of the trainees’ dissatisfaction over what they describe as poor remuneration.
Per details of a letter addressed to the National Census Officer and sighted by GhanaXtra.Com, the trainers decry what they say are attempts to shortchange them.
According to them, instead of GHC440 as transportation fare, it has emerged that they will be paid GHC330 for the 11-day training exercise.
They are also among other things are demanding that allowances for the training be adjusted and a general review of the allowances for enumerators and supervisors to GHC2,520 and GHC2,940 to GHC3,000 and GHC3,500 respectively.
“It is surprising to sit for 12 hours each day without any allowance; we would have been paid if we were at our respective job posts. The amount of GHC2,520 and GHC2,940 for this year(sic) exercise is comparatively lower”, the letter read in part.
Meanwhile, GhanaXtra.Com is reliably informed that trainees at Banda and Wenchi in the Bono Region also staged boycotts over similar concerns.
The 2021 Population and Housing Census begins on the night of Sunday, June 27 as the first fully digital census with the use of tablets for data capture instead of traditional paper questionnaires.
It will also use Geographic Positioning System (GPS) to capture the location of all structures and employ interactive area maps for accurate identification of enumeration and supervision areas.