Executive Secretary of the NLC says CLOGSAG failed to comply with a legal requirement which demands that they inform NLC of any intended strike a week to its commencement.
The National Labour Commission (NLC) has ordered the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) to call off its nationwide strike over the payment of interim premium.
Speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, Executive Secretary of the Commission said the association failed to inform the NLC of their strike before starting it.
Charles Bawa-Duah said: “if you read the provisions of the Labour Act, particularly Section 159 it’s very clear that when a trade union or an association, an employer’s organisation or an employer intends to embark on a strike action or a lockout for that matter, that union or employer ought to notify the National Labour Commission seven clear days to the date stated in the letter for the commencement of the action.”
According to Bawa-Duah CLOGSAG did not comply with the law. "Our records show that CLOGSAG failed to comply with this clear provision of the law and for that matter, the Commission in the exercise of the powers conferred on it by Section 139 of the Act notified CLOGSAG that the strike was illegal and subsequently ordered them to immediately call it off and go back to work.”
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The Executive Secretary said the Commission would do its best to resolve the issues that led to an industrial action. He said the Commission would hear from both parties involved in the issue.
“The Commission must hear CLOGSAG, who must justify why they think they are entitled to it, and Fair Wages must also justify why they have not given the benefits and why CLOGSAG ought not to be given the benefits. On the basis of those submissions, the Commission can make a determination and settle the matter.”
Meanwhile, CLOGSAG has indicated that they will continue their strike until their demands are met.