CLOGSAG Strike Gov’t can’t pay premiums; it was not budgeted for - Haruna Iddrisu

The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, said “government may disappoint you because the 2016 budget did not contemplate the payment of those related compensation allowances."

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Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations

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The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, has revealed that government cannot pay the interim premium being demanded by the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, (CLOGSAG).

He explained that provision was not made for payments of such nature in the 2016 budget.

Members of CLOGSAG have been on strike for the past two weeks, demanding that the government pays them their respective market premium before they return to work

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The National Labour Commission (NLC) has described the strike as illegal. They explained that the association did not inform them of their action. The Commission, therefore, asked the striking workers to go back to work.

Addressing the media in Accra on Tuesday, Haruna Iddrisu corroborated the demands of the NLC saying negotiations cannot be done when one is on strike. “It is not a fair labour practice to be on strike whiles you are negotiating; neither is it fair to be threatened with whether there will be salaries paid or not. Therefore to allow for credibility and respect for the process, we all must come back to the table with clean hands. You must withdraw your strike as you negotiate with the government.”

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He added that “government may disappoint you because the 2016 budget did not contemplate the payment of those related compensation allowances, therefore we should be working into the future and there is room for us to engage further. In January 2017, the government will launch a new market premium policy.”

The National Labour Commission will meet today (Wednesday) CLOGSAG and other stakeholders involved in this matter to resolve it.

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