The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Haruna Iddrisu has asked striking members of CLOGSAG to return to work or risk losing their August salaries.
Striking workers of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOGSAG) have said the threat by the Employment Minister to withhold their August salaries is in breach of the employer and employee relationship.
Members of CLOGSAG have been on strike over the last few weeks demanding the payment of market premium before they return to work.
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.
"All CLOGSAG workers are to return to work or forfeit their salaries for the month of August as the strike declared by the NLC is illegal and we have encouraged the leadership of the CLOGSAG workers union to engage the subcommittee which is working on the market premium.
"Subject to the final report of the sub-committee, all arrears will be reviewed but this will be done from January 2017," he said.
But Public Relations Officer of CLOGSAG Edmund Acquaye believes the minister’s conduct is in bad faith.
"As I speak to you now we have not received any official correspondence from the NLC that our strike is illegal,” he said on Accra-based Joy FM.
“In any case how many days has it taken the NLC to declare our strike illegal? We declared the strike on 27th of July. Today is the 8th of August. Two weeks down the line you are now informing us our strike is illegal? he asked.
"We are talking about people who are aggrieved for the past three years. When people are aggrieved, you know the extent they can go," he added.
Edmund Acquaye lamented that even though the Fair Wages Commission agreed to pay 15% market premiums to CLOGSAG members, nothing has been done in terms of implementation.