Local government workers’ groups clash over industrial action
Government business in the country is expected to grind to a halt as civil servants begin an indefinite nationwide strike.
The Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) has directed its national, regional and district offices to be closed down effective today.
Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, Isaac Bampoe-Addo, in a statement says the industrial action is in response to government’s failure to address outstanding issues with regard to the payment of premium to its members.
Leadership of the Association in Ashanti region has vowed to ensure members stay out of work till the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) rescinds its decision in terminating the Voluntary Arbitration in settling the grievances.
However, the Local Government Workers’ Union (LGWU) is unhappy with CLOGSAG in locking up of offices of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembles (MMDAs) to force LGWU members to join their strike.
“It is regrettable that CLOGSAG executives have gone ahead to lock up some of the offices of the MMDAs and Departments to force the staff to participate in a needless and uncalled for strike action,” said a statement signed by Joe Boahen, LGWU General Secretary.
Some of the affected offices are New Juabeng and Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region, Mamponteng in Ashanti and others in parts of the Central region.
The Union is therefore calling on the authorities concerned to sanction the CLOGSAG executives who locked the offices. “This is because the local government workers do not take instructions from CLOGSAG”, it said.
The LGWU last Friday cautioned workers of the MMDAs and Departments not to join the CLOGSAG strike action, because the leadership of the Union “will continue to choose the path of dialogue and labour discourse devoid of rancor and divisiveness”.
The Union says it is working closely with the authorities concerned to address the Migration, Market Premuim and other related issues associated with the Single Spine Pay Policy (SSPP).
Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh
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