We Are Not CLOGSAG – LGWU
The confusion in the local government sector appears to have reached a breaking point, with Local Government Workers Union (LGWU) urging the public not to associate them with Civil and Local Government Staff Association Ghana (CLOGSAG).
In recent times, the leaders of LGWU and CLOGSAG have clashed over the industrial action.
Members of CLOGSAG insist they have organized what they called ‘legal strike’ to push for ‘Top up’ or ‘premium’ from the government through the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC).
They have vowed to continue to strike if the authorities do not address their grievances.
However, LGWU recently warned its members not to join CLOGSAG’s industrial action and called for police protection for them.
Even though they did not mention those threatening LGWU members working in the various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), they said that the precautionary measure was due to the ongoing strike embarked upon by rival CLOGSAG.
At a news conference at the TUC Headquarters in Accra yesterday, LGWU executives, led by its General Secretary, Joe Boahen, who was flanked by other executives, sought to distinguish activities of CLOGSAG from the LGWU.
‘We are taking this opportunity to inform the public about the distinctive identity of the LGWU as the union mandated to organize workers of the Local Government Service Secretariat, Metropolitan, Municipal, District Assemblies and Department.’
He said that there had been ‘misrepresentation of CLOGSAG’s strike.’
Mr. Boahen said that the news conference was not in reaction to CLOGSAG’s action.
‘We are of the firm belief that we need to inform the public about our mandate when it comes to issues of unionization of local government workers and allied department and agencies.’
He said that LGWU has been an affiliate member of the TUC since 1960 but CLOGSAG was formed later, adding ‘we are the authentic representative and mouthpiece of all local government sector workers.’
Mr. Boahen said that since the enactment of the Local Government Service Act 656 (2003), LGWU has been granted representation on the governing council which is the highest decision-making body to champion the interests of workers in the local government sector.
‘It is worthy to note that the General Secretary of LGWU has always been a member of the Local Government Service Council. LGWU was issued with Collective Bargaining Certificate by the Registrar of Trades Unions (Chief Labour Officer) in 2006 after we reapplied.’
‘It is therefore logical that Local Government Service Workers best belong to the LGWU than any other association or union.’
Mr. Boahen said that per the Civil Service Law, PNDC L 327, the Civil Servant Association representation on the Civil Service Governing Council was given to them and not the Local Government Service Council.
Mr. Boahen said that there is a guideline for implementation of the market premium for beneficiaries in any service which had not yet been done.
‘Since the labour survey has not been conducted by the authorities, one cannot determine the categories of workers who will benefit from the premium, hence our call on our members not to embark on a needless and uncalled for strike.’
He appealed to FWSC to expedite action on the labour survey on the market premium, adding that ‘as a major stakeholder, in the decentralization policy of the government, it is our desire that this policy is achieved.’
They asked the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to cease the double deductions from their accounts since they were not part of CLOGSAG.
By William Yaw Owusu
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