THE Civil and Local Government Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has accepted in good faith President John Mahama’s assurance that government will meet the demands of its members next year.
“We are rallying around to see how best we can resolve the issue,” said Mr. Edmund Acquaye, Public Relations Officer at CLOGSAG.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times in a telephone interview yesterday, Mr. Acquaye said a National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting made up of all regional chairmen, secretaries, organisers and treasurers would soon be convened in Accra to bring finality to the impasse.
He said CLOGSAG had contacted some of the executives and they (the executives) embraced the President’s assurance to consider their interim premium next year.
He said the executives together with the Ministry of Employment and other stakeholders would prepare a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which would become a binding document on any government.
Mr. Acquaye said the strike would be called off after the NEC, which declared the strike adopted the MoU.
Members of CLOGSAG embarked on strike a fortnight ago to compel the government to pay their interim market premium.
All attempts by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to get them to call off the strike fell on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, the National Labour Commission had declared the strike illegal.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu told the striking workers at a press conference that the government would not compensate for unproductive hours.
“It is illegal and unacceptable to embark on a strike action to present your grievances but we must all understand the state need us. We can do this for two or three days and return to the negotiation table since it’s the only way to resolve an impasse,” he said.
By Malik Sullemana