Volta Region civil servants threaten strike over premium payments

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Ho, Oct 24, GNA – The Volta Regional Chapter of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana, (CLOSAG) is slating a strike action from November 1 if delays in payment of premiums to its members, under the Single Spine Salary Structure, were not addressed.
        A statement issued after an “important and urgent meeting” on Tuesday, signed by Samuel N. Danquah, Chairman and Victor Xornam Kportoe, Secretary, said the association was disenchanted by the utter inaction of the ministries which brokered the suspension of an intended strike action in September to enable them tackle the issue.
     It expressed regret that since then nothing had been heard from the report of the Inter-ministerial committee charged to handle the issue and report back.
     All “efforts, messages, sent to both Honourable Ministers of Employment and Social Welfare and Finance and Economic Planning and the National Leadership to give us the update on the issue proved futile,” the statement said.
     The statement said CLOSAG Volta Region Branch was reliably informed that the inter-ministerial committee had submitted its reports since October 3 but to date the Ministers who set up the committee had not spoken on the issue.
     It expressed reservations about the posture of the two ministries over the issue and warned that it might have to resort to industrial action in reaction to the flippant treatment being meted out to the CLOSAG leadership and its members.
     The statement said while it was a fact that “Civil and Local Government Staff shall be responsible to Government”, it was expected of government also to show concern for its staff.
      It expressed unhappiness about the level of support government had offered CLOSAG in the course of the implementation of the SSSS.
     “We want to emphatically say here that if by Friday, 26th October, 2012 nothing is heard from the Honourable Ministers of Employment and Social Welfare (MESW) and Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) through the National Leadership of CLOSAG, the Volta Regional  Chapter of CLOSAG will have no choice than to withdraw its services with effect from 1st November, 2012,” the statement said.

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