Accumulated leave directive not taken in good faith – Auditor-General fires back

Accumulated leave directive not taken in good faith – Auditor-General fires back

Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo says there is nothing called “accumulated leave” per his knowledge of the labour law of Ghana

The Auditor-General has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reconsider a directive for him to take his “accumulated leave.”

Daniel Yaw Domelevo says the President’s directive may not have been taken in “good faith” because there are other appointees of the President who have not been on leave since 2017.

President Akufo-Addo’s failure to order those appointees to take their leave days creates the impression that the directive to the Auditor-General “is not taken in good faith,” Mr Domelevo said in a letter addressed to the President Friday.

The President in a statement released this week asked the Auditor-General to proceed on leave since he has accumulated a total of 123 leave days.

But this directive has come under criticisms with labour experts saying there is nothing in the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) termed “accumulated leave.”

Reiterating the position of labour experts, Mr Domelevo says the current labour law of Ghana has no room for accumulated leave days.

“My knowledge of recent labour law and practice in the country is that no worker is deemed to have accumulated any leave on account of their having failed, omitted, neglected or even refused to enjoy their right to annual leave, which the law guarantees for their benefit, not the employer,” he said.

Read the full statement below:

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