Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo says there is nothing called “accumulated leave” per his knowledge of the labour law of Ghana.
His comment comes days after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed him to take his “accumulated leave” days.
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 came under heavy criticisms, with some 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 in a letter addressed to the President on Friday.
The Auditor-General says per his knowledge of the law, a worker who omits, fails or neglect to take his leave days forfeits it.
“Such leave is deemed forfeited with no corresponding obligation on the part of the employer to enforce the worker’s right to take their leave by assuming, deeming or declaring the forfeited leave, accumulated,” Mr Domelevo said.
Read the full letter below: