Labour unrest CLOGSAG still on strike as negotiations with gov't fail again

CLOGSAG was expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between itself and Government at the end of the meeting, but that did not materialise.

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Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations play

Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations

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Government and the striking members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) on Monday failed to reach an agreement on the settlement of their interim market premiums by government.

CLOGSAG was expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between itself and Government at the end of the meeting, but that did not materialise.

Members of CLOGSAG have been on strike over the last few weeks demanding the payment of market premium before they return to work.

READ ALSO: CLOGSAG Strike Payment of premiums will 'throw the budget completely off track' - Mahama

However, the National Labour Commission has described the strike as illegal.

The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Haruna Iddrisu subsequently asked striking members of CLOGSAG to return to work or risk losing their August salaries.

At the end of the meeting on Monday, which ended inconclusively, the Minister of Labour and Employment relations, Haruna Iddrisu said CLOGSAG’s demands would be subjected to further consultations with the new market premium pay policy, expected to be introduced in January 2017.

“I am subjecting it to further consultation with the Fai Wages and Salaries Commission and the Ministry of Finance; Compensation Division and to further consult with higher authority whilst they also engage with their constituents and membership.”

“We have to reach an understanding as to where we will begin with in January when the government introduces a new market premium pay policy,” Mr. Iddrisu added.

President John Dramani Mahama had earlier pleaded with striking workers of the Civil and Local Government Service Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSSAG), to return to work.

According to him, any attempt to yield to the demands of CLOGSAG “will throw the budget completely off track.”

“Election year over-expenditure has been the bane of our economic stability, I am happy to note that this year, even though an election year, expenditure targets are still on track and I intend to stick strictly to the budget and the Appropriations Act as approved by Parliament,” he said.

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