CLOSAG Strike: LGWU Seeks Police Protection
The Local Government Workers’ Union (LGWU), has called for Police protection for its members in the wake of the strike action by members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOSAG).
The LGWU says the violent conduct of some members of CLOSAG is still ongoing and since they (LGWU) were not part of the strike, they should be left to go about their official duties without any form of interference or intimidation.
“Reports emanating from the regions suggest that the violent conduct of CLOSAG executives is still ongoing. We therefore have no option but to appeal to the Police for protection for our members.
“We have already written to the Police to protect all our members across the country,” Mr Joe Boahen, General Secretary of LGWU told the Ghana New Agency on Thursday.
On Monday October 14 when the strike started, the LGWU in a statement signed by Mr Joe Boahen reported that some members of CLOSAG locked offices of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in New Juabeng and Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region, Mamponteng in Ashanti and other in parts of the Central Region.
Mr Boahen said: “Since our members are not part of the CLOSAG strike they should be allowed to go about their normal duties.”
Meanwhile, he said, the Union has issued directives to all their Regional Officers to report any incidence in the regions to the National Secretariat for necessary action.
Explaining why the LGWU did not join strike, Mr Boahen said, CLOSAG’s stance on the implementation of Market Premium under the Single Spine Salary Structure was misplaced.
He said since the market premium under the Government White Paper on the new pay policy was not meant for all categories of workers, any rush to force the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) would spell doom for the structure and the economy as a whole.
Mr Boahen said it was in this regard that its leadership wished to caution its members not to associate themselves with any industrial agitation.