He said the negotiations commenced in May 2016 and completed in September 2016 but will take effect in January 2017.

In 2008, the outgoing Kufuor government announced the implementation of the SSSS on the eve of his departure from government but the incoming administration condemned the action and stayed its implementation until 2010.

But Haruna Iddrisu insists the circumstances are different. He explained the decision was taken in September 2016 but the implementation date was set on January 2017 to allow for better planning and implementation.

According to him, provision has been made in the  2017 budget for its implementation and there is no cause for alarm.

He said labour will not be excited about the quantum of increases because they will be expecting a higher percentage.