NLC summons CLOSSAG over ongoing strike

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The National Labour Commission (NLC) is scheduled to meet the leadership of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOSSAG) over its ongoing strike, Tuesday.

The meeting will afford the Association the opportunity to justify the rationale behind its strike and explore the possible way forward.

CLOSSAG declared a strike last week Wednesday following government’s failure to pay its members interim premium. A market Premium is a monetary incentive paid to attract and retain critical skills in short supply within the economy.

Not even the constant correspondent with the government was enough to push it to honor its obligation to the Association.

The public sector salaries restructure body, Fair Wages, and Salaries Commission (FWSC) has said the group members do not deserve to be paid the interim premium.

But National Organiser of CLOSSAG, Eric Acquah, has dismissed the claim saying the members, like members of other groups such as the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), deserves the payment.

He says an inter-Ministerial committee set up on November 15, 2013, recommended they be paid the premium since their services are seen as relevant to the survival of the economy.

Despite NLC’s summon to the Association, Mr Acquah says they will not return to work until their demands are met.

He says all that CLOSSAG is demanding of the government is that it should be given its fair share as do other associations.NLC

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