THE EXECUTIVE committee of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has called on its members to rescind their decision to embark on a countrywide sit-down strike. Displeased by the constant failure of the Mills-led administration to migrate them onto the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), members of the association last week served notice that they would embark on a nationwide industrial action in protest against the persistent disappointment.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, via the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), promised to migrate members of CLOGSAG onto the new pay policy, which was introduced by then President Kufuor’s administration, by the end of April this year.
This was after the association had expressed misgivings over government’s lackadaisical attitude towards their relocation onto the scheme.
Though government, during negotiations promised to honour the concerns of CLOGSAG by April ending, it had failed to do so as at July ending, prompting members of the association to embark on a sit-down strike till their demands are met.
Realizing the danger the intended action could cause to the developmental agenda of the country, the executive committee of the association, on Friday passionately appealed to the aggrieved members to rescind their decision for now.
The decision to appeal to the members of the association to call off the strike, according to the press release, was arrived at during an emergency meeting of the executive committee of the association on Friday in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.
Signed by the executive secretary of the association, Isaac Bampoe Addo, the press release noted, “We have assessed the recent events of the implementation of the single spine pay policy and wish to appeal to all regional and district executives as well as the rank and file to suspend all industrial actions”.
It continued, “The executive committee will convene a national executive council meeting on September 2, 2011 to review progress of the implementation process in migrating or converting grades within civil and local government services onto the Single Spine Salary Structure.
Concluding, the release stated, “We take this opportunity to remind the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to ensure that the implementation of members of CLOGSAGA, with respect to our travel to the new pay policy, is undertaken based on agreements reached”.
In an interview with DAILY GUIDE, the executive secretary of the association explained that their decision to call on the members to calm down was borne out of the fact that they wanted to give the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and government to redeem themselves in line with the engagement they had with them so far.
Mr. Addo indicated that if government and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission failed to take the opportunity offered them to redeem themselves, then the association would take a unison decision to embark on what they thought could press home their demand.