CLOGSAG Strike Action Is Needless, Says LGWU

Mr Joe Boahen (left) Addressing the press. Flanked by Mr thomas kujan-Tira (middle) and Mr Adu ManuThe Local Government Workers Union (LGWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has described as ‘needless’ the industrial action embarked upon by the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) to demand payment of market premium.

It has, therefore, impressed upon its members not to join in the strike and reiterated its call on the police to protect its members against intimidation from CLOGSAG members.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra yesterday, the General Secretary of LGWU, Joe Boahen said the union is a separate entity which does not share the concerns raised by CLOGSAG as the association’s stance on the implementation of market premium under the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) was misplaced.

He said the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), had embarked on a labour survey to determine the categories of workers who would benefit from the premium, hence their decision not to embark on the strike until FWSC finishes with its work.

CLOGSAG, on October 14, 2013, embarked on an industrial action to demand payment of its outstanding market premium under the SSSS.

Mr. Boahen, said reports reaching the executive members from some parts of the country had indicated that LGWU members were being intimidated to join the strike for which reason they had called on the police for protection.

He bemoaned the situation in which monthly dues were deducted from its members’ salaries by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department and given to CLOGSAG, saying “the era of our members paying double dues must seize”. By Charles Amankwa

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