CLOGSAG strike off; Neutrality allowance cancelled, Gov’t sets up committee to consider demands

Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare
Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare

Government will implement all agreements in the (MoU) with the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana ().

It has, however, dropped the controversial Neutrality Allowance.

In an interview with Mame Esi Thompson of JoyNews after the Association called off its industrial action on Thursday, Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare, said beginning January 2023, all agreements will be honoured to improve the conditions of service for CLOGSAG members.

“Government has reached an agreement with CLOGSAG, and we will go ahead to implement everything that has been stipulated in the MoU. Unfortunately, we don't have the Neutrality Allowance as I speak with you.

“But all the other issues that have been raised in the MoU, Government will make sure it fulfils its part of it and then make sure that whatever it is, we'll implement their conditions of service in January 2023 as stipulated in the MoU,” she said.

The Atiwa East legislator stated that a committee has been set up to look into conditions of service for the group for subsequent consideration and implementation.

“All the other unions do have conditions of service, but CLOGSAG hasn't gotten one, and that is important to them. So, we have set up a committee to look at and make sure that they complete it before we send the 2023 budget to in November.

“It includes almost everything they talk about, including their allowances and other things. So we hope that with the support we have received now, all the stakeholders involved will work and make sure we meet the deadline to take to Parliament for implementation to begin in January 2023.”

Members of CLOGSAG have been directed to resume work on Monday, May 16, 2022.

The group called off its strike following a decision taken by its National Executive Council over an agreement with the government.

“At its meeting held on Thursday, the National Executive Council of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) decided to call off the nationwide strike by its members.

“The rationale to step down the industrial action was based on the demand from the to direct the Controller and Accountant General's Department to effect payment of the agreed allowance, which was met on 11th May 2022.

Background – CLOGSAG Strike

CLOGSAG laid down its tools on Thursday, April 21, 2022, following the inability of Government to pay the allowance as agreed in January this year.

It argued that the neutrality allowance ensures that civil and local government workers do not engage in partisanship while conducting their affairs in their various offices.

The three-week industrial action left many citizens seeking government services stranded.

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